Etisalat plans dedicated IoT network for a Smart UAE
This 3GPP based technology named NB-IoT will drive mass connectivity of various machines and devices
Etisalat has announced it has successfully completed trials of its Low Powered Wide Area network technology that will enable Etisalat to offer large scale reliable and secure connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT) services, as well as pave the way to build a Smart UAE.
This 3GPP based technology named NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) was standardised in June this year with effective contributions from Etisalat along with key mobile industry stakeholders, which mainly included operators, infrastructure providers and module manufacturers.
Furthermore, this will help develop low-cost hardware powered with a battery that operates for a longer span as well as has deep indoor penetration capability.
This technology will enable Etisalat to be the first operator in MENA to introduce IoT solutions for mass connectivity of various machines and devices, ranging from smart meters to multiple sensors for vertical industries in order to fulfil requirements of Smart City and other strategic initiatives.
Saeed AlZarouni, senior vice president, Etisalat said: "As part of Etisalat's existing global IoT service portfolio, we have the capability to support low cost and low power consumption devices over wide areas. This gives the ability to cater to the growing market demand and ensures connectivity of massive number of objects and devices to a single network infrastructure. Etisalat today is a leader in the development and standardisation of Internet of things to drive the industry ahead in achieving the strategic objectives of UAE Vision 2021 and initiatives such as Smart City."
Francisco Salcedo, senior vice president Digital Services said: "We have clear feedback from our customers across several industries they need a ubiquitous, cost effective, secure and scalable network and a device ecosystem for mass IoT adoption. We look forward to start engaging early adopters and jointly work in pilots to realise this immense opportunity to deliver digital transformation."
All IoT services and applications will be managed on Etisalat hosted IoT platforms enabling customers to benefit from a range of managed services and ensure greater visibility and control over all connected devices. Plus the telecom operator is developing a regional IoT testing and certification hub to certify devices based on international guidelines being developed globally.