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US telco Sprint is getting set to launch its Curiosity IoT platform in the Australian market through a new relationship with Telstra.

Sprint says its announcement is the first in a series of efforts by the company to enable international IoT solutions, and that “going beyond roaming, the relationship with Telstra will allow for local breakout in Australia, helping to improve roundtrip time and enabling better performance of customer’s IoT applications”

The telco says Curriosity IoT service is expected to be available in Australia in the first half of this year (2020).  

"Curiosity IoT will add a new layer of capability to customer’s IoT needs in Australia," said Ivo Rook, senior vice president of IoT and product development for Sprint.

"We are thrilled to be working together with Telstra to extend our access with full visibility across deployments, helping our customers benefit from the Curiosity IoT platform when their business takes them to Australia."

Gerhard Loots, head of Global IoT solutions for Telstra said: "Our agreement with Sprint makes it effortless for IoT customers with international needs to implement solutions in Australia, with access to local in-country 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."

To cement the Telstra and Sprint relationship, Sprint says that one of the first customer deals has been inked with Wagz, an “animal-loving connected pet company that offers smart tracking and feeding solutions”.

Wagz now has access to the Telstra network in Australia to extend its global reach through the Curiosity IoT platform.

"We are excited to continue with our mission to bring the connected pet lifestyle to families across the globe thanks to connectivity that enables our innovative technologies with Sprint Curiosity IoT," said Wagz CEO, Terry Anderton.

“From device and connectivity management to international expansion, Curiosity IoT continues to demonstrate true partnership with existing capabilities and plans."

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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