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.

Ooredoo, the leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia, has had a strong presence at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.

The company is promoting its success in further developing its Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio for customers across its footprint. Demand for IoT/M2M solutions, which enable business assets to communicate directly with each other or with a central command centre, is growing strongly, as more companies look to automate day-to-day activities.

According to a recent industry report, the global cellular M2M market will grow from USD 3.22 billion in 2015 to USD 11.50 billion by 2020, driven in part by decreasing connectivity costs and increasing demand for solutions like fleet management. In particular, Ooredoo is seeing strong growth in Southeast Asia and North Africa, as companies and organizations look for innovative IoT solutions to daily business challenges.

Ooredoo has expanded its Managed Connectivity solution, IoT Connect, developed in partnership with Ericsson and based on its Device Connection Platform (DCP). The solution, which has already been made available in Indonesia, Tunisia and Kuwait, provides customers with full control of their IoT/M2M connectivity, thanks to a cloud-based M2M platform. In addition, Ooredoo has enhanced IoT Connect to offer seamless M2M connectivity to customers who want to operate in North Africa, Middle East and/or South East Asia.

"Ooredoo sees huge potential for M2M technology in all our operations, as more enterprises look to deploy the power of the Internet of Things," said H.E. Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani,Group CEO, Ooredoo. "We have a clear roadmap for the development of IoT services, including ongoing investment in delivering a global, cloud-based solution for our customers, and we have a series of exciting new solutions in development with our global network of partners."

Ooredoo is working with a wide range of enterprises, government and small businesses to develop solutions on its IoT/M2M platforms. These include solutions for Business-to-Business (B2B) processes such as procurement, billing/charging, and even Business-to-Consumer (B2C) processes, such as retail for consumers. In addition, it is developing solutions for the monitoring of M2M traffic, online ordering and ticketing functions using the IoT Platform.

 

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