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Etisalat boosts IoT with launch of enabling technologies

Telco announces the commercial launch of NB-IoT and LTE-M technology in the UAE.

Etisalat is keen to support the government in developing Smart Cities in the country, Al Zarouni said.
Etisalat is keen to support the government in developing Smart Cities in the country, Al Zarouni said.

Applications for the Internet of Things are expected to expand in the UAE after the commercial launch of NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies by Etisalat.

Both NB-IoT (narrowband Internet of Things) and LTE-M (long term evolution for machines) technologies are 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) based standardised technologies using licensed spectrum for carrier-grade security and targeting low power wide area IoT requirement. These technologies also enable battery life of more than 10 years for a wide range of devices.

The IoT device testing conducted with leading chipset and module manufacturers including Huawei, Qualcomm and Quectel, where end-to-end testing was performed with IoT devices connected to Etisalat IoT platform.

Saeed Al Zarouni, senior vice president, mobile network, Etisalat announced that Etisalat would continue to participate in the IoT ecosystem by fulfilling growing market demands from its business and enterprise customers. “We are focusing on investing and developing new technologies to work in line with the overall company objective to support the government in developing Smart Cities in the country,” Al Zarouni added.

Etisalat is also deploying end-to-end IoT solutions and services for its customers in coordination with multi network vendors and IoT device suppliers targeting wide range of verticals and industries focused on Smart Cities.

Etisalat currently runs a data centre capable of hosting IoT applications and services to meet the growing market demand in the country. The IoT solutions are being implemented across industry verticals mainly health, transportation and education.