Nokia and Dawiyat to deploy 10m smart meters in Saudi

Nokia and SEC's telecoms unit sign MoU at MWC for I4 technologies including smart meters

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Nokia and Dawiyat to deploy 10m smart meters in Saudi Dawiyat Integrated and Nokia have signed an MoU at Mobile World Congress for industry 4.0 solutions.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 27, 2019

Nokia and Dawiyat Integrated Telecommunications and Information Technology Company, will collaborate on multiple projects including installing ten million smart meters in Saudi Arabia.

The two companies announced an MoU at Mobile World Congress which will focus on bringing industry 4.0 solutions to the Kingdom.

Dawiyat Integrated is part of Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), and was set up in 2009 to capitalise on SEC's 70,000km fibre optic network.

Under the MoU, the two companies will work together on deployments of technologies including AI, IoT, robotics and automation to support productivity gains, efficiency, safety and sustainability.

Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Nokia and Dawiyat Integrated will work together on multiple initiatives including deploying smart meters for business and consumer users across the Kingdom, as part of Saudi's National Transformation Plan 2020. Nokia's solutions and expertise will help Dawiyat Integrated to better manage the infrastructure and use analytics for an improved customer experience.

The MoU also covers joint exploration of Industry 4.0 infrastructure and smart industrial solutions to enable companies to benefit from increased productivity and efficiency with integrated infrastructure and services; and collaboration on solutions for the mining industry.

Nokia will also be one of the technology partners for deployment of a Gigabit Passive Optical Networking (GPON) and IP Multi Protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) communications infrastructure for Dawiyat Integrated FTTH infrastructure.

Dr Ahmed Sindi, CEO of Dawiyat Integrated, said: "Being the Kingdom's neutral wholesale infrastructure service provider, we are thrilled to collaborate with Nokia to bring the Industry 4.0 infrastructure to the country to drive growth across the Kingdom. Nokia's solutions will enable us to improve the resiliency, efficiency and scalability of our network and its expertise will enable us to realize the Saudi Vision 2030 to use digital infrastructure for safer and sustainable growth."

Kamal Ballout, head of the TEPS MEA and Global Energy Segment, Nokia, said: "We are honored and excited to partner with Dawiyat Integrated on these key initiatives to develop the ecosystem for Industry 4.0. Powered by Nokia's solutions, automation enables businesses to cost-effectively boost production and overall efficiency, which in turn leads to an increase in revenue. A Dawiyat Integrated network that combines a highly reliable and scalable IP/MPLS core with pervasive GPON broadband connectivity will support a faster implementation of smart grid while providing a foundation for further innovation."

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