Ericsson and Sri Lankan services provider Dialog Axiata have won the IoT Initiative of the Year award at the 2018 Global Telecom (GLOTEL) Awards for successfully deploying South Asia’s first commercial Massive IoT network.
The Massive IoT network rolled out by the two companies in February this year supports both Cat-M1 and NB-IoT technologies, harnessing their capabilities to accelerate connected-life and digitize industries in Sri Lanka.
The annual GLOTEL Awards were held in London on November 8, They recognize innovation in the telecom industry.
The Massive IoT network deployment will help Dialog Axiata accelerate the use and adoption of IoT devices, enhancing the ecosystem across Sri Lanka. Dialog is already conducting trials for IoT-enabled smart electricity meters, power distribution monitoring systems, smart greenhouse, smart garbage bin and smart weather solutions.
Pradeep De Almeida, Group Chief Technology Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC, says: “Dialog has always been at the forefront of introducing new technology and value to empower Sri Lankan enterprises and consumers. The award recognises our innovation efforts on a global sphere and the use cases provide great reference for other regions to follow South Asia’s lead. We can look forward to unleashing the IoT business potential in partnership with Ericsson.”
Vinod Samarawickrama, Head of Sri Lanka and Maldives, Ericsson, says: “It is a great honor to receive the ‘IoT Initiative of the Year’ Award at Global Telecom Awards for South Asia’s first Commercial Massive IoT Network. This award is a testament to the strategic collaboration between Dialog and Ericsson and their vision to empower Sri Lankan enterprises as well as consumers via a leading technology.”
Through this partnership, Ericsson successfully activated Massive IoT RAN software for Dialog’s existing LTE-installed base, providing end users with access to a superior network with wider coverage and longer battery life. Businesses for their part will significantly benefit from the cost-effectiveness of this solution.
Ericsson was also involved in organizing technology workshops and IoT deep-dive sessions for Dialog Axiata to expand South Asia’s digital footprint. The future roadmap of the joint project includes launching an Innovation Center for 5G and IoT use case development.