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du showcases LiFi technology in Middle East

Research suggests not only is LiFi cheaper but it is 100 times faster than WiFi technology

du showcases LiFi technology in Middle East
du's Saleem AlBlooshi said the global LiFi market is expected to reach $80bn by 2021 as demand for the technology increases

UAE telecom provider du and Zero1 have jointly demonstrated the capability of Light Fidelity (LiFi) technology in Dubai.

LiFi is a wireless optical networking technology that uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for data transmission, instead of radio waves, where reportedly giving it the data transmitting potential of up to 224GB per second.

According to research from Mordor Intelligence, LiFi is 100 times faster than WiFi technology, as well as being cheaper. Furthermore, LiFi complements WiFi by minimising the risk data loss in a high density area in a confined region.

The integration of LiFi enables du to provide solutions for its business customer across municipal, commercial and industrial environments. du has demonstrated three use cases over LiFi technology including internet over LiFi, video and audio streaming over LiFi.

Saleem AlBlooshi, executive vice president of Network Development and Operations at du, said: "With the global LiFi market expected to reach $80bn by 2021, we expect to see demand for this technology increasing exponentially over the coming years. We wanted to ensure our customers were aware of this technology and the demonstration of LiFi technology complements our broadband portfolio for the business segment. We are currently working with major businesses to create tailor-made LiFi solutions and to test and validate the applications so that we can ensure we offer the latest in innovation to our valued customers."

AlBalooshi added: "The recent demonstration of LiFi adds further impetus to the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in establishing the UAE as a global leader in all aspects and as an innovator in technology in the Middle East region."

LiFi technology is particularly suitable for environments where safety and data security are paramount such as hospitals, company headquarters, transport, and security agencies. LiFi uses Visible Light Spectrum (VLS) which has a huge data capacity (about 390 Tera Hertz (THz) of bandwidth available), and is unimpeded by radio interference and generates no electromagnetic smog. This makes it a superior option for intrinsically hazardous environments such as refineries, oil platforms or petrol stations.

du and Zero1 are developing a number of LiFi-enabled solutions which provide a variety of analytics, communication and management systems, and customer engagement solutions. The outdoor deployment of LiFi enables motion detection, geo-localization and camera networks through street lights while the indoor deployment supports retail, healthcare, education, and cultural centres.

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