The Mobile World Congress has brought about many announcements, but not many have been as ‘big’ as this one.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) declared it is working with Tata Communication to support the roll-out of India’s first LoraWAN (LoRa) based network.
It is all part of Tata Communications’ long-term strategy of building mobile platforms and ecosystems that enable its customers and partners to connect people and IoT-connected devices seamlessly on a global scale.
The first phase of the roll-out targets Tier 1, 2, 3 and 4 cities in India, making up more than a whopping 400 million people. Alongside successful field trials in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, there are also 35 proof-of-concept applications in trial on the network.
The partnership between Tata Communications and HPE is set to pave the way for a new era in enabling devices for enterprise customer solutions throughout the country.
The project involves connecting devices, applications and other IoT solutions over the LoRa network in smart buildings, campus, utilities, fleet management, security and healthcare services in nearly 2,000 communities, covering over 400 million people, making it the first-of-its-kind initiative in India.
President of mobility, IoT and collaboration services at Tata Communications, Anthony Bartolo says the company has 15 years of experience in delivering impactful and innovative communication solutions to its customers around the world.
“As part of our commitment to innovation and in driving digital transformation globally, we are creating a cohesive, resilient and highly secure network to deploy IoT applications in India,” says Bartolo.
“We are excited to be partnering with HPE in this project as this platform is critical to amalgamating all the complex variables in enabling a truly digital India.”
Vice president and general manager for Communications Solutions Business at HPE, David Sliter says the sheer size of the project is incredible, bringing new services to millions of people.
“Through our partner centric approach, the HPE Universal IoT platform will enable Tata Communications to build multiple vertical use cases for its IoT network in India on a common platform with a common data model,” Bartolo concludes.