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Published on : Jul 10, 2017

Etisalat, a prominent UAE-based telecommunication services provider, announced on July 2017 the commercial launch of Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) and Long-Term Evolution for machines (LTE-M) technologies. With this, the telecom provider has become the first to provide these digital technologies in the Middle East and North Africa to support a wide spectrum of telecom services and solutions, especially the IoT.

Etisalat’s IoT Platform Used for End-to-End Testing

Both these technologies are 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)-based standardized technologies and employ a part of licensed spectrum in facilitating carrier-grade security systems and effectively meeting IoT requirements for various low-power wide-area networks. These technologies can support a battery life of over 10 years for a wide variety of digital devices.           

The comprehensive testing for IoT devices was conducted with several leading chipset manufacturers and networking companies such as Huawei, Quectel, and Qualcomm. The platform end-to-end testing for the IoT devices was done using Etisalat’s IoT platform.

IoT-Based Offerings to be Ground for Smart City Initiatives in UAE

As opined by Saeed Al Zarouni, senior VP, Mobile Network, Etisalat, the commercial launch of NB-IoT and LTE-M is a significant step toward its path of digital transformation. Etisalat’s offerings will be focused toward building a robust IoT ecosystem and meet the varied needs of its several business and enterprise customers, adds Zarouni.

Etisalat has aligned its efforts to espouse the Government’s initiatives in laying the infrastructure for smart cities in the country. To achieve this end, the company is actively collaborating with numerous multi-network vendors and suppliers of IoT devices. The company believes that will help it meet a growing demand for IoT solutions across various industries mainly such as healthcare, education, and transportation.