Nokia and Zain Saudi Arabia have announced a successful trial of NB-IoT technology at a live site in Mina area of Makkah Province.
In the trial – which used smart metering as a potential use case – NB-IoT was applied to communicate temperature, humidity and air pressure from a remote location via a Nokia LTE base station at 900 MHz, demonstrating the role NB-IoT could play in applications such as smart metering for electricity departments, smart parking and smart waste management.
Data was transferred using Nokia’s LTE radio platform Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and Nokia’s professional services expertise, including system integration, network implementation, and care services.
The trial follows the MoU signed by Nokia and Zain Saudi Arabia in March to collaborate on 5G and IoT development.
Eng. Sultan Abdulaziz AlDeghaither, chief technology officer of Zain Saudi Arabia, said the live IoT network trial was first for the country.
Ali Al Jitawi, head of the Zain Saudi Arabia customer team at Nokia, said, “This trial is the first step in utilizing Zain’s country-wide LTE network assets to create a cost-efficient IoT ecosystem and introduce new services. NB-IoT will help connect numerous devices, opening revenue opportunities in many verticals including transport, manufacturing, healthcare, energy, agriculture and home appliances.”