Thuraya Telecommunications Company has joined the LoRa Alliance™, supporting its mission to standardize Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) deployed around the world.

The LoRa Alliance was launched in 2015 to define and promote a low power, secure, carrier grade standard for low power wide area Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity. It aims to enable IoT, machine-to-machine (M2M), smart-city and industrial applications, and has already generated high levels of interest and participation in its first 18 months of existence. End users will now be able to implement LoRaWAN™ technology over Thuraya's network.

Thuraya M2M Product Manager, Marwan Joudeh said: "We want to take every opportunity to grow our M2M/IoT presence, so we are pleased to join the LoRa Alliance. Membership gives the telecom company access to an excellent ecosystem of developers and solution providers. This way of working will encourage the mass adoption of low cost, long range IoT/machine-to-machine connectivity while extending the range of such solutions through our robust satellite network into remote and rural areas. This is a key advantage for applications covering the energy and utilities, logistics, agriculture and security sectors. The Thuraya team is looking forward to exploring the breadth of opportunities this will generate, and we also want to offer our own expertise to help foster further innovation."

LoRa Alliance members share knowledge and experience to deliver end to end IoT solutions including sensors, gateways, connectivity and applications. This collaboration with one another is designed to drive the global success of LoRaWAN™, the protocol that offers bi-directionality, security, mobility for asset tracking, and accurate localization.

The LoRaWAN™, offers interoperability and security for network operators deploying large multi-tenanted open networks running multiple applications as well as private networks. Entire cities or countries can be covered with a few base stations, no longer requiring the upfront rollout and maintenance of thousands of nodes as in traditional mesh networking, and therefore minimizing investment.

Joudeh said: "Membership of the LoRa Alliance adds further momentum to Thuraya's M2M presence. Standardization generates volume, and the methodology and approach of the LoRa Alliance will help us develop long term opportunities on a significant scale. Thuraya will develop an extensive M2M presence, and this is a key element of our exciting FUTURA next generation capability plans."

Thuraya's robust secure two-way communications M2M network enables M2M and IoT application deployment beyond the confines of traditional cellular networks. By joining the alliance, Thuraya is looking to expand its solutions offering in areas such as rural IoT and M2M connectivity, smart agriculture, water management, smart metering, weather and asset monitoring.

du has successfully tested the first true Internet of Things network (IoT) in the Middle East, a key component of smart city which can revolutionize how our cities and resources are managed. The network can relay data from sensors countrywide, enabling smarter management of a vast array of city resources such as smart street lighting, waste management and parking. Critically, the network's low energy consumption also prolongs sensor battery life by years.

Carlos Domingo, Senior Executive Officer, New Businesses & Innovation, du, said: “This is a defining moment in the UAE's Smart City transformation. We need a new breed of ‘sensor friendly' network to establish the Smart City ecosystem. Thanks to du, this capability now exists in the UAE."

IoT is a future internet evolution that works by inserting technology into objects so they can relay data and interact with their surroundings, enhancing the performance of urban services - making every day things smart.  Existing networks are not designed to transmit data between millions of sensors across large areas. IoT requires a new type of low power consumption, long range network, which prolongs battery life of sensors, making it both cost and energy efficient.

This revolutionary technology was recently showcased to Dubai's community and business leaders as part of du's growing capabilities as a Smart City enabler. Carlos added: “Dubai is our home and we want to lead its transition to become a better, smarter city for all to enjoy. Today we've shown how our network capabilities and digital know-how can deliver the Smart City ecosystem Dubai needs. We will not stop in Dubai, our deployment will continue country-wide throughout the UAE."

To implement its IoT network, du has chosen LoRa, a technology promoted by the LoRa Alliance, an open, non-profit association initiated to standardize networks globally to enable IoT, machine-to-machine (M2M), Smart City and industrial applications.

LoRa adds to du's growing portfolio of advanced network technology, developed through an ongoing commitment to invest in innovation. Earlier this year, du became one of the few operators in the world to deploy LTE Advanced (LTE-A) across its network. In August last year, du also announced that VoLTE technology had successfully been installed and tested over its commercial LTE network.  

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