Etisalat trials LPWA for IoT in UAE

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James Pearce
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Operator will develop dedicated network to enable Smart UAE

Etisalat has announced the completion of trials of its Low Powered Widen Area network technology for use with Internet of Things devices as it announced a plans to build a dedicated network for a Smart UAE.

The network will run on Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) was standardised across the industry in June, and is aimed to produce a low-powered, wide ranging connectivity solution.

The 3GPP based technology will allow Etisalat to become one of the first operators in MENA to offer an IoT solution for mass connectivity across various devices, such as smart meters or security, to enable smart city 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. 

All IoT services and applications will be managed by Etisalat hosted platforms. The telecom operator said it is also developing a regional IoT testing and certification hub to certify devices based on international standards.

“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."