Nokia switches on NB-IoT for Saudi Mobily to target energy, transport, health sectors
Nokia has deployed an NB-IoT network for mobile network operator Saudi Mobily in the 800 MHz band in Saudi Arabia. The pair said they have connected more than 4,000 sites, with radius coverage of 20 kilometres per cell.
The software on Mobily’s existing LTE base stations has been upgraded to enable NB-IoT in the central, north, and east of the country, where the Nokia network stretches. The network will be geared towards connecting IoT sensors in the energy, transport, and health sectors, said Nokia.
A statement said: “Mobily’s enterprise customers can deploy IoT devices on Nokia’s network without the need to manually configure the devices or switch networks. The platform also enables wider coverage indoors and outdoors, ideal for rural and deep indoor locations because it allows the signal to reach further inside buildings to connect sensors and devices and transmit information.”
Alaa Malki, chief technology officer at Mobily, said: “The partnership reinforces a robust IoT infrastructure and network, allowing enterprises to accelerate the expansion of their IoT footprint. We are excited to strengthen the cooperation with Nokia and empower enterprises to harness the power of IoT through excellent connectivity.”
Tareq Khalaf, head of the Mobily customer team at Nokia, said: “We are proud to be working with Mobily to meet the needs of modern enterprises by enabling a wide range of commercial uses such as smart metering for utilities, powering connected health and industrial appliances, and smart city infrastructure. Our latest NB-IoT technology will allow Mobily’s customers to utilize IoT services regardless of their location, area, or region.”