US telecommunications provider Sprint is using Telstra’s network to bring its Curiosity IoT platform to Australia.
The arrangement goes “beyond roaming”, according to Sprint. Telstra is providing local breakout in Australia to improve roundtrip time and application performance. Curiosity IoT customers will also benefit from access to local profiles.
"Our local profiles will provide Curiosity IoT customers with a local point-of-presence in Australia which will be very helpful as a service differentiator, especially for latency sensitive applications,” explained the head of Global IoT solutions for Telstra, Gerhard Loots.
The Curiosity IoT platform will become available in Australia in the first half of 2020. In the US, Sprint pitches the platform at small to medium businesses, enterprises and government entities. The use cases it advertises include fleet tracking, driver safety, asset tracking and video analytics.
The first customer to sign on use the Sprint platform via Telstra is the US connected pet products company, Wagz. One of its products is a connected dog collar that allows owners to track dogs and create invisible geo-fences to keep them straying. It also sells a web camera that allows owners to talk to pets and dispense treats remotely.