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Sri Lanka gets first commercial IoT network

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Sri Lanka’s telecommunications services provider Dialog Axiata PLC has rolled out the first commercial Massive IoT network. Rolled out in association with Ericsson, the network supports both Cat-M1 and NB-IoT technologies in South Asia.
Deployed across Dialog Axiata’s Sri Lankan network, this is a massive IoT network as it will help accelerate the proliferation of IoT devices. Ericsson delivers Cat-M1 (LTE-M) and NB-IoT support as a software activation to Dialog Axiata’s existing LTE Radio Access Network.
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 enterprises 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.”
This massive IoT network will further develop the IoT ecosystem in the country by offering the superior coverage, long battery life and cost-effective solutions to enterprises. The benefits of Ericsson’s Massive IoT solutions for Cat-M1 and NB-IoT devices include low cost, low power consumption, deep coverage, massive connections, and more secure and reliable transmission.
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