March, 7, 2018
Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) have joined hands to roll out the first commercially available Cat-M1 and NB-IOT cellular network in South Asia in Sri Lanka. This advanced mobile network technology will help accelerate the proliferation of IoT devices by offering the best coverage, power efficient and cost-effective solutions to enterprises.
Pradeep De Almeida, Group Chief Technology Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC said, “With this launch, we are seeking to accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies by businesses’ and help them create exciting new products and services for consumers. The Cat-M1/NB-IoT network will amplify opportunity for solutions such as Smart Metering for utilities, Smart Parking, Smart Bins, smart environmental sensors for smart cities, logistic solutions as well as other applications in agriculture and farming.”
Ericsson delivers Cat-M1/NB-IoT support as a software upgrade to Dialog Axiata’s existing LTE Radio Access Network. Ericsson's solutions for Cat-M1 and NB-IoT devices have advantages including low cost, low power consumption, deep coverage, massive connections and more reliable transmission.
Vinod Samarawickrama, Country Manager, Sri Lanka & Maldives, says, “A developed IoT ecosystem is fast becoming a key for operators to enable new services and revenue streams. We are happy to partner with Dialog Axiata to roll out the first Cat-M1/NB-IoT network in the country and contribute towards this fast developing IoT ecosystem.”