Dialog Axiata launches NB-IoT to boost its IoT offerings

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Dialog Axiata has launched an NB-IoT nework – purportedly the first such network in South Asia – that it says will enhance its recently launched ‘Dialog Smartlife’ IoT service.

Dialog said that NB-IoT has been activated on its network island-wide through a software upgrade to existing 4G base stations, allowing consumers to utilize the benefits of IoT.

Dialog said the introduction of NB-IoT will increase the adoption of emerging IoT technology and other related devices.

The technology will also enhance the functionality of IoT related services offered by Dialog via its ‘Dialog Smartlife’ digital lifestyle application, which launched in July and supports IoT solutions such as connected homes and connected cars, said Pradeep De Almeida, group chief technology officer at Dialog Axiata.

“NB-IoT is optimized for applications and ensures all IoT devices stemming from a home to a remote environment can be connected,” he said. “This enables better usage of the IoT-related services Dialog has introduced, and hopes to explore in future through Dialog Smartlife”

Through better connectivity amongst devices and sensors, NB-IoT has the ability to scale larger smart projects that will impact communities, he added.

“Users are increasingly aligning to IoT enabled devices with services ranging in areas of health, home security and home automation,” De Almeida said. “The network will amplify opportunity for solutions such as smart metering for utilities, smart parking systems, smart garbage collection, logistic solutions as well as other applications in agriculture and farming.”

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