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Nokia cautions on European connected car challenge

The car industry in Europe “is not as happy as they should be” warned Nokia’s head of car V2X Uwe Puetzschler (pictured), as he emphasised the need for better networks to advance the connected automobile segment.

Puetzschler, speaking to Mobile World Live at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, said one of the biggest barriers to developing connected cars was differences in connectivity around the world, with “Japan and Korea having access to very good coverage of networks”.

Conversely, in other regions including Europe, Puetzschler suggested the car industry wasn’t able to advance as they may want to “because the network coverage is a challenge, and they need full coverage to give the right experience to their customers”.

Improving network coverage to develop connected and automated driving is one of two of Nokia’s priorities for the segment.

He said there were some requirements “today’s networks cannot currently meet to the extent the car industry would like to see, and that’s why we are working to improve it”.

The second direction Nokia is pursuing is to “provide a common platform to manage the cars and to manage the applications which are associated with the use of cars, fleets, etc”.

In the interview, Puetzschler also spoke about his thoughts on the operator opportunity arising from the connected car, and how he believes automated driving could lead to more traffic on mobile networks.

Click here to hear his thoughts.

Soure: Mobile World Live

LTE puts Madrid Metro on track for the future

 

madrid metro

Madid Metro uses LTE technology to futureproof it’s Communications Network.

Metros need reliable, high-performance communications to help them run smoothly. Yet nearly all metros today rely on outdated, disjointed communications networks. A case in point is Madrid Metro, the 8th longest metro system in the world, carrying 560 million passengers a year.

Metros typically use separate radio access networks, based on proprietary or standard Wi-Fi. When train drivers need to talk to their control center, they use terrestrial trunked radio (TETRA), DMR technology, or another private mobile radio network. Passengers who need help in an emergency use the same system.

Managing these separate systems is difficult and inefficient. Most are narrowband, lacking the ability to use the data hungry apps and critical services that transportation companies now look to adopt.

“Is just one network possible?”

What if there could be just one, all-encompassing communications network that seamlessly supported all the voice and data services a metro could need?

This was a question Madrid Metro wanted to answer. It initiated a project called railNET, designed to upgrade its train-to-ground system to get more bandwidth and provide new services such as CCTV-HD.

The project had several goals in mind – to provide internet access for passengers via on-board and platform Wi-Fi access points and achieve high definition video both on trains and platforms. Keeping the trains running is, of course, essential and the network had to also carry maintenance data from trains to the control center. Voice over IP (VoIP) from train to ground and between trains was another ambition.

While looking for a partner to help it realize this vision, Madrid Metro turned to Nokia following its successful LTE trial for the Paris Metro

. Working with several partners, Nokia managed the project, supplied the LTE technology, and was responsible for testing at its Transportation Solution Labs.

The Paris trial showed that the most critical applications, such as Communication Based Train Control (CBTC), could operate with no packet loss and lower latencies than conventional Wi-Fi technologies, even in metro tunnels.

Madrid Metro invited Nokia to run a Proof of Concept (PoC) project to see how an LTE based system would meet its needs. Step one was installing an LTE system based on its AirScale Wi-Fi controller and access points, AirFrame Servers, Flexi Base Stations and Compact Network LTE core. Several months of testing and development showed that the network could in fact provide everything Madrid Metro wanted.

The Madrid Metro PoC is the most sophisticated metro communications trial yet. A major success of the project was to aggregate two 20 MHz carriers to deliver up to 150 Mbps, and bring a high-quality mobile broadband service to passengers. Real time video of the train doors is also displayed on screens in front of the driver, boosting passenger safety.

Madrid Metro now has a clear track to drive its systems forward towards the latest mission-critical broadband technology and provide its customers with optimal service.

 

Source: Selva Cromwel. Nokia

 

Nokia introduces worldwide IoT network grid as a service

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  • Nokia worldwide IoT network grid (‘WING’) enables communication service providers and enterprises to take advantage of new business opportunities that will become available through a multi-country federation of IoT connectivity services
  • Draws on Nokia’s extensive technology and services portfolio including a global services command center which uses the Nokia IMPACT IoT Platform with new subscription management for eSIM, and Nokia’s M2M Core as a service
  • Enables enterprises to take advantage of a global IoT connectivity and services grid with a unified view of IoT devices, subscriptions, billing and customer care

Espoo, Finland – Nokia has created the Nokia worldwide IoT network grid, a ‘one-stop-shop’, full service model offering seamless IoT connectivity across technologies and geographical borders to address the transport, health, utilities and safety markets.

Nokia WING  will manage the IoT connectivity and services needs of a client’s assets, such as connected cars or connected freight containers, as they move around the globe, reducing the complexity for enterprises who would otherwise be required to work with multiple technology providers.

Drawing on Nokia’s comprehensive technology and services expertise, Nokia WING can be easily and quickly implemented to provide enterprises with ubiquitous connectivity, subscription and device management, security and analytics. Connectivity is enabled by intelligent switching between cellular and non cellular networks. For example, a shipping container linked by satellite in the ocean could switch to being connected by a cellular network near a port.

Nokia will offer a full service model including provisioning, operations, security, billing and dedicated enterprise customer services from key operations command centers. The company will use its own IMPACT IoT platform for device management, subscription management and analytics. Nokia IMPACT subscription management for eSIM will automatically configure connectivity to a communication service provider’s network as the asset crosses geographical borders.

Customers are served on a multi-tenanted basis using a Nokia M2M Core that includes the Nokia Cloud Packet Core, which gives an enterprise customer access to their own discrete segment of the network core.

Communication service providers can quickly take advantage of new business opportunities that will be made available by joining a global federation of IoT connectivity services. By leveraging their excess network capacity they will be able to serve enterprises that require near global IoT connectivity, rapidly and with little effort, to realize new revenue streams. For service providers planning to launch a new IoT business, Nokia can fast track time to market as WING also provides a full white label managed service model, allowing them to offer the service to their customers under their own brand.

Consumers will be able to benefit from a wide range of seamlessly connected IoT applications and devices as Nokia takes the lead in collaborating with communications service providers to create one global IoT grid.

Alexandra Rehak, head of Ovum’s IoT Practice, said: “Nokia is offering an innovative approach to IoT enablement with its IoT connectivity as a managed service offering. The complexity of IoT deployment, service development and business models makes it imperative for market participants to play to their strengths and build long-term, flexible partnerships. Nokia’s managed IoT service offering fits well with this requirement. The new offering leverages Nokia’s broad portfolio of technologies and strong expertise in network design and management, and should open up new business opportunities for operator customers and large enterprises alike.  It offers a new approach to helping service providers extend their existing network and partnership agreements and quickly address new markets while focusing on their core competencies.”

Igor Leprince, head of Global Services at Nokia, said: “IoT connectivity as a managed service is an answer for enterprises to the current IoT deployments that are hampered by the patchwork of business agreements to connect devices around the world. Nokia WING will provide one global IoT grid. We cannot do this alone, and we are reaching out to communication service providers across the globe to collaborate with us so that we can extend the benefits of the connected world to more industries.”

Source: Nokia

Nokia, Vodafone and Telit collaborate to expand the IoT ecosystem using NB-IoT technology

  • Nokia NB-IoT system built in Vodafone Open Lab in Dusseldorf using Nokia radio access network and cloud packet core solution
  • System to be used by device manufacturers and applications developers to expand the IoT ecosystem
  • Nokia teamed up with IoT technology enabler Telit to use its NB-IoT system to demonstrate transmission of data from residential gas meters over a 4G network at the Vodafone Innovation Day. 

 Nokia has deployed a fully integrated NB-IoT system at Vodafone’s ‘Open Lab’ in Dusseldorf, Germany using its radio access network and elements from its Cloud Packet Core solution. The system leverages IoT technology from Telit and will be used by device manufacturers and applications developers in trials of innovative products and solutions to expand the IoT ecosystem.

In a trial during Vodafone’s recent Innovation Day event in Dusseldorf,  Nokia and Telit used the technology to demonstrate how NB-IoT will meet the connectivity needs of devices. The companies used an Intel chipset integrated in a NB-IoT  module, which was embedded in a Shitek technology ultrasonic gas meter. The system connected with a meter to transmit data on gas flow over a 4G Vodafone test network, demonstrating how NB-IoT technology can be used to manage an integrated network comprised of components from multiple vendors.

NB-IoT will optimise 4G networks to meet the dynamic demands of billions of connected devices. It enables wider coverage indoors and outdoors, for example allowing the radio signal to reach further inside buildings such as factories and hospitals to connect sensors and devices and transmit information. Lower power consumption allows device battery life to be prolonged for up to 15 years, optimising the cost of maintaining the myriad devices that will be found within homes and enterprises.

Luke Ibbetson, Head of Research & Development and Technology Strategy for Vodafone Group, and Chair of the GSMA NB-IoT Forum, said: “NB-IoT will be commercially available from early 2017 and, because it has strong support from across the telecoms industry, will be the technology used to connect millions more things to the Internet. We are very pleased to make the Vodafone Open Labs available to companies that want to exchange ideas and to develop and test connected products and services powered by NB-IoT.”

Marco Argenton, Product Marketing Manager, Telit, said: “We have the industry’s broadest portfolio of integrated products, platforms and services to support IoT deployments. With the collaboration in this trial, we demonstrated real and tangible benefits of automation in the residential energy market, the nature of  which can be leveraged in many other industries and verticals.”

Roberto Loiola, global customer business team head at Nokia, said: “The low power attributes and reach of NB-IoT make it an ideal technology to connect the Internet of Things. The trial with Telit showed how NB-IoT is perfectly suited to manage a network comprised of devices and sensors from multiple vendors. At Nokia we are constantly innovating to allow our customers to evolve their offer and anticipate the needs of their subscribers and our work with Vodafone at the Open Lab is a prime example of this.”

About the technology in Nokia’s NB-IoT system 

  • Nokia Cloud Packet Core: the Cloud Mobility Manager (CMM) supporting the Mobility Management Entity (MME), and the Cloud Mobile Gateway (CMG) supporting the System Architecture Evolution Gateway (SAE-GW) network functions.
  • Intel XMM7115 NB-IoT chipset
  • Telit NE910 module
  • Shitek Technology UGM-01 G4 Ultrasonic Gas meter

Did you know?

  • NB-IoT is a 3GPP Rel. 13 radio access technology. The enhanced coverage of NB-IoT compared to conventional LTE will allow for the tracking of objects deep within buildings and in rural areas.
  • NB-IoT will co-exist with operators’ existing networks to benefit from mobile security and privacy features. All major network infrastructure, component and device manufacturers support the standard.

Source: Nokia

BT and Nokia to collaborate on development of 5G

 

Next generation 5G networks have taken a step forward as BT and Nokia signed a research collaboration agreement on 5G technologies.

The two companies have agreed to work together on potential customer use cases for 5G technologies, the creation of 5G Proof of Concept (PoC) trials and the development of the emerging technology standards and equipment.

The trials will focus on the technology enablers for 5G including mmWave radio and convergence, as well as potential commercial services including ultrafast mobile broadband, mission-critical services and the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT).

Integrating the best capabilities of fixed and mobile networks, 5G will deliver seamless connectivity which is even more capable than today’s 4G technologies. It will deliver greatly improved ultrafast speeds to mobile users and targets peak rates of multiple Gigabits and latency in the range of one millisecond.

Such speeds would allow for the simultaneous streaming of data-heavy content such as virtual reality or live 360 degree video to any device, while greatly reduced latency would mean truly real-time engagement between remote users and systems. This is essential for consumer applications such as mobile gaming and major technology advancements like driverless cars.

However, the two companies believe that the technology’s biggest potential is its ability to improve the flexibility and usability of mobile networks, allowing them to ‘flex’ to meet the specific needs of customers. This might include lower latency to support critical communications, or greater power efficiency and higher bandwidth usage for different applications. This new flexibility will be critical to support new business and consumer services based on IoT, including connected cars, smart cities and remote health monitoring applications.

Howard Watson, CEO of BT Technology, Service & Operations, said: “Our EE mobile business already boasts the biggest 4G network in the UK, which is set to cover 95 per cent of the country by 2020. We will build on that foundation to develop the next generation of LTE-Advanced Pro and 5G services over the next few years. It’s still early days for 5G technology, but experience tells us that a collaborative approach is key to success. We’re delighted to be working with Nokia to drive a common approach to 5G, and to develop exciting use cases which bring together our combined experience in fixed and mobile technologies.”

Cormac Whelan, head of the UK & Ireland at Nokia, said: “5G is the communications technology of the future, and it will transform how we communicate with each other, as well as communicate with devices and ‘things’. Nokia is delighted to be working with BT in laying the foundations for 5G adoption in the coming years, and in helping define how this technology will enable exciting and innovative experiences.”

As a first step in the collaboration, Nokia is currently conducting trials of its latest 5G-ready radio equipment at the BT Labs at Adastral Park, Suffolk. This radio system demonstrates key 5G technology ingredients that are currently in standardization running on Nokia’s AirScale radio access, including an entirely new 5G frame structure and 4 x 100MHz carrier aggregation.

Although best known for its work on fibre-optic and broadband technologies, the BT Labs have played a major role in the development of wireless data services, and were the location for the first trial of GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) data calls – the precursor to today’s 3G and 4G data services.

The agreement builds on the existing relationship between the two companies in which Nokia supplies BT’s 21C Core Routing Platform and both the BT/EE subscriber register infrastructure and part of the EE Radio Access Network.

Source: BT

First trial of 4G LTE technology carried out on Paris Metro

Operator RATP and Nokia have successfully completed the first ‘real-world’ trial of 4G LTE technology on Line 14 of the Paris Metro.

First trial of 4G LTE technology carried out on Paris Metro

Completed on a portion of the Paris Metro Line 14, this trial demonstrated that a single 4G LTE network can be used for all operational communications of a train, whereas today they are supported by different channels – a mixture of Wi-Fi, digital radio and 3G/4G networks. The introduction of a 4G LTE-equipped shuttle on Line 14, an automated line meeting all RATP security requirements, is a world first.

A single LTE mobile network can replace Wi-Fi networks on the Paris Metro

The test showed that a single LTE mobile network can replace the traditional Wi-Fi networks and manage data transmissions from multiple applications simultaneously, including: a simulation of train control (CBTC simulation based on pre-recorded real data); video on trains and platforms; operational voice communications; multimedia passenger information on trains and platforms; and maintenance and supervision services.

This trial marks a significant contribution to start of the standardisation process required before any operational rollout of 4G LTE technology in transport systems and associated customer services. It was completed under the R&D SYSTUF (SYStème Télécom pour les Transports Urbains du Futur) project, in which RATP and Nokia are collaborating. The objective of this project is to demonstrate that it is possible to use a single telecommunication technology – such as LTE – that is able to meet both mission-critical and non-critical applications of future public transport systems.

As part of the experiment, RATP defined the applications that must be supported by the network and determined what constraints are to be met to complete a convincing, secure and non-disruptive trial. In addition to its 4G LTE technology, Nokia provided its expertise in project management and network optimisation, including network design, radio planning, a test bench in its transportation lab, performance simulation, as well as radio coverage optimisation and installation together with RATP.

Source: Eurotransport

Nokia launches new IMPACT platform for fast and secure delivery of IoT services

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  • Intelligent Management Platform for All Connected Things (IMPACT) is for service providers, enterprises and governments wanting a secure application-independent IoT platform to quickly bring services to market
  • IMPACT includes a new release of the industry-leading Motive Connected Device Platform, which has connected and securely managed more than 1.5 billion devices

Nokia is extending its device management leadership into IoT with the launch of the Intelligent Management Platform for All Connected Things (IMPACT), which gives operators, enterprises and governments a secure platform on which to scale new IoT services. IMPACT handles data collection, event processing, device management, data contextualization, data analytics, end-to-end security and applications enablement for any device, any protocol and across any application.

The new platform, which reflects Nokia’s increasing focus on the fast-growing IoT market, includes Nokia’s Motive Connected Device Platform, the industry’s leading converged device management platform. It provides lifecycle management for more than 80,000 models of broadband, home and IoT devices. The latest edition, released today, integrates all Nokia mobile and IoT device management software.

Nokia IMPACT comes with comprehensive capabilities for all things connected:

  • Scalability: Being cloud-based, customers can add on-demand server capacity to support massive numbers of connected devices. Scaling capacity is also enhanced by the platform’s internal architecture, built from the ground up for extreme scale, security and reliability.
  • Total security: IoT security is under-addressed by the market. As IoT data increases, the more security matters. IMPACT has factored in the increasing security requirements including network, cloud and end-point security. It also implements the latest Lightweight M2M (LWM2M) security model for IoT device management and is backed by Nokia’s extensive security portfolio. This is important as you can’t trust data from an unmanaged source.
  • More devices: Along with supporting 80,000 device models from 100 of the world’s top manufacturers, Motive CDP can detect new device formats that come on the market. It is flexible enough to support multiple deployment and business models including private, public cloud, private cloud, SaaS and transactional. This provides a lower entry cost and ability to scale both up and down. Furthermore, MotiveSmart(TM) certifies how the device and service are used together on an operator’s mobile network.
  • Better devices and network management: Nokia’s services expertise encompasses both devices and networks, allowing issues to be pinpointed back to either the device or the network for comprehensive root cause analysis.

Bhaskar Gorti, president of the Applications & Analytics Business Group at Nokia, said: “Our new IMPACT platform with Motive CDP is particularly strong in device management, security and analytics. These matter because as we work to collect and derive meaning from IoT data, it becomes more valuable to everyone involved – and more crucial to protect.”

IMPACT adds to Nokia’s rapidly expanding IoT portfolio that now contains the four major building blocks of every IoT solution:

  • Applications: Vertical solutions for connected cars, healthcare, first responder, smart cities, smart homes, and utility deployments
  • Platforms: IMPACT IoT platform with Motive Connected Device Platform
  • Infrastructure: Extensive network infrastructure portfolio including leading capabilities in narrow-band and low-power IoT radio solutions
  • Devices and Sensors: Connected devices like the recently acquired Withings and the home gateway announced today.

In February, Nokia announced its IoT Community to help customers develop, test, and implement new IoT business models and launched a USD 350 million IoT investment fund.

Source: Nokia

Nokia and MTS Group to collaborate on IoT and 5G in Russia

Smart phone with 5G network standard communication

  • Companies agree to define smooth network evolution path
  • Testing of LTE-Advanced Pro and 5G technologies will allow MTS Group to take advantage of IoT and meet ever-increasing demands from people and machines
  • 5G test network to be implemented at Russian stadium for major sports event in 2018

Moscow, Russia – Nokia and leading Russian telecommunications operator MTS Group have signed a collaboration agreement that will create a strategic path to the realization of 5G technology and the management of the ever-growing demands of connected people and devices. The companies will deploy a test network during an international sports event in Russia in 2018.

It is estimated that the Internet of Things (IoT) will result in 10 to 100 times more connected devices than people, creating technological challenges, but also opportunities, for new services and applications. With this in mind, MTS has outlined a roadmap to evolve its networks to 5G.

Together with Nokia, MTS Group will develop test projects that leverage 4G technologies such as LTE-Advanced Pro as well as 5G to enable faster speeds, lower latency and new spectrum efficiencies. In 2018, the two companies will implement a 5G test network in a Russian football stadium to allow fans to experience innovative video and other services during the major event being staged there.

Agreement details at a glance

Testing will focus on:

  • Implementation of LTE-Advanced Pro features such as enhanced carrier aggregation and LTE-broadcast

  • Coverage and capacity improvements using LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and Licensed Assisted Access (LAA)
  • Innovative IoT projects using Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT), LTE-Machine (LTE-M) and Extended Coverage GSM technologies
  • Demonstrations of 5G and dual connectivity of LTE and 5G technologies in the centimeter band
  • Deployment of a 5G test network

Andrey Ushatsky, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at MTS, said: “MTS is developing a roadmap for the evolution of its networks taking into account the complexity and scope of the challenges to be solved when implementing the 5G standards. We are excited to leverage Nokia’s technology to help us transition to 5G and take full advantage of IoT. The joint projects and trials we will undertake will enable us to meet future data demand in the most effective way, and we look forward to showcasing this work in 2018.”

Wladimir Ulianow, head of CBT MTS  at Nokia, said: “We are at the forefront of 5G development, focused on delivering solutions that will prepare today’s networks for this technology. As a result, we can help operators such as MTS to evolve smoothly and efficiently to the programmable world.”

Did you know?

  • Nokia is involved in several 5G-related industry projects in Europe, including the 5G Public Private Partnership project 5G NORMA (5G Novel Radio Multiservice adaptive network Architecture) and collaborations with leading universities across the world, to make 5G technology viable and future-proof.

  • The evolution of LTE provides operators new capabilities as they prepare for 5G. One example is LTE-Advanced Pro, which aggregates up to 32 carriers providing 640 MHz bandwidth using both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. The efficient use of spectrum allows network capacity to grow by up to 200 percent and latency to be reduced to less than 2 milliseconds.
  • Nokia recently showcased its commercially available 5G-ready AirScale radio access technology at Mobile World Congress 2016.

Source: Nokia

Nokia and Withings Connecting to Better Health

thN40I1MTSNokia plans to acquire Withings to accelerate entry into Digital Health

Nokia has announced plans to acquire Withings S.A., a pioneer and leader in the connected health revolution with a family of award-winning digital health products and services to help people all over the world lead healthier, happier and more productive lives. Withings will be part of our Nokia Technologies business.

“We have said consistently that digital health was an area of strategic interest to Nokia, and we are now taking concrete action to tap the opportunity in this large and important market,” said Rajeev Suri, president & CEO of Nokia. “With this acquisition, Nokia is strengthening its position in the Internet of Things in a way that leverages the power of our trusted brand, fits with our company purpose of expanding the human possibilities of the connected world, and puts us at the heart of a very large addressable market where we can make a meaningful difference in peoples’ lives.”

World Health Organization figures show cardiovascular disease as today’s number one cause of death, with more than a billion adults around the world living with uncontrolled hypertension. Diabetes now affects more than one in twelve adults worldwide, a four-fold increase since 1980. Healthcare is expected to be one of the largest vertical markets in the Internet of Things, with analysts forecasting that mobile health, with a CAGR of 37%, will be the fastest growing health care segment from 2015-2020.

“Withings shares our vision for the future of digital health and their products are smart, well designed and already helping people live healthier lives,” said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies. “Combining their award-winning products and talented people with the world-class expertise and innovation of Nokia Technologies uniquely positions us to lead the next wave of innovation in digital health.”

The combination of innovative products from Withings and the Digital Health business will also ensure the ongoing renewal of Nokia Technologies’ world class IPR portfolio.

Withings was founded by Chairman Eric Carreel and CEO Cedric Hutchings in 2008 and is headquartered in France, with approximately 200 employees across its locations in Paris, France, Cambridge, US and Hong Kong. Withings’ portfolio of regulated and unregulated products includes activity trackers, weighing scales, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, home and baby monitors and more, and is built on a sophisticated digital health platform, providing insights to empower people to make smarter decisions about the health and wellbeing of themselves and their families. Withings’ own products are complemented by an ecosystem of more than a hundred compatible apps.

“Since we started Withings, our passion has been in empowering people to track their lifestyle and improve their health and wellbeing,” said Cédric Hutchings, CEO of Withings. “We’re excited to join Nokia to help bring our vision of connected health to more people around the world.”

The Nokia brand continues to be recognized, valued and trusted by consumers, built on a heritage of beautifully designed, innovative and reliable technology in the service of people around the world to help real human needs.

The planned transaction values Withings at EUR 170 million and would be settled in cash and is expected to close in early Q3, 2016 subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

Sources:
World Health Organisation: Diabetes fact sheet; Cardiovascular diseases fact sheet; Global Health Observatory data.
P&S Market Research, “Global Digital Health Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast to 2020.” November 2015

Source: Nokia

Nokia and Zain KSA to transform Jeddah into a smart city by 2018

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  • Nokia leverages Internet of Things and Cloud technologies expertise to implement smart city applications and improve services for Jeddah residents

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Zain KSA and Nokia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a major initiative that will transform Jeddah, one of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) largest cities, into a model for smart cities in the country and worldwide by 2018.

Under the MoU, Nokia and Zain KSA will apply advanced networking technologies in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud to connect and manage a wide array of devices, vehicles, homes and applications. Use of these technologies will improve municipal services, enhance the business climate in Jeddah and create a better quality of life for the city’s nearly three million residents.

Zain and Nokia will also employ advanced network and customer experience management tools to ensure smooth and seamless operation across the objects and locations. To ensure privacy and fulfill public safety requirements, the companies will place a strong focus on the reliability and security of the network.

Over the course of this two-year plan, the companies will enhance the network capacity, accessibility and efficiency of Zain KSA’s mobile broadband network in Jeddah, eventually leading to 5G access, while also expanding the utilization of small cells and Wi-Fi to ensure continuous connectivity throughout the city.

Sultan AlDeghaither, Chief Technology Officer, said: “Jeddah is the second biggest city in Saudi Arabia – and thanks to our collaboration with Nokia, it will also be a smart city. Introducing IoT to all walks of life is a top priority for Zain KSA, and Nokia’s Smart City solutions will provide us with a framework for enriching the lives of the people in Jeddah.”

Ali Aljitawi, Head of Zain KSA Customer Team at Nokia, said: “The world is becoming more urbanized, with exponentially more connected devices. For every device connected to the Internet today, 10 more will join it in the near future. Through IoT and smart city concepts, we can automate our lives by connecting mobile devices to appliances, lights, roadways and just about everything – a shift that will improve efficiency and enable economic, social and environmental sustainability. We believe that the Jeddah Smart City concept can be a model for smart cities not just in the Kingdom, but across the region and the world.”

Source: Nokia