Ooredoo Oman has signed an agreement with the National Electricity Centre (NEC) to establish an Internet of Things (IoT) network system to facilitate wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), micro services and the internet.
Due for completion in the first quarter of this year, the network is set to be powered by technology sourced from Sagemcom – a European communications terminal provider, in addition to the local expertise brought in by NEC – to create the first smart network in Oman using LoRaWAN technology.
“This new network represents another step in our journey to bring the IoT to the Sultanate,” said Sultan Al Wahabi, chief business and wholesale officer at Ooredoo. “By uniting with a host of technological developers from around the world, we are taking the lead in driving Oman’s paradigm shift by transforming B2B services with the disruptive innovation IoT provides. While we are currently focusing on the M2M market, soon the IoT will be available for regular customers to transform their lives with its limitless possibilities.”
Abdullah Al-Badi, chief executive officer of National Electricity Centre, said, “We are proud to introduce the IoT solutions to Sultanate, and our partnering with Ooredoo will make the Sultanate on-par with other nations in implementing latest technologies. Our focus on ‘Best Service Delivery’ and ‘Customer Centric Solutions’ will ensure users enjoy the benefits of IoT.”
The initiative is part of Ooredoo’s IoT strategy, which is set to transform customer experience across the length and breadth of the Sultanate. The low power and long-range capabilities of LoRaWAN technology offer a wide variety of business applications including smart metering, inventory tracking and utility management.