14.03.17 | Kerlink to provide 10 000+ LoRaWan Stations to TATA Communications to deploy the world largest IoT LPWA Network in India.
PRESS RELEASE Thorigné-Fouillard, 14 March 2017, 6.00 p.m.
Thorigné-Fouillard, France and Mumbai (BSE), India – 14 March, 2017, 6:00 PM CET – Kerlink (ALKLK – FR0013156007), a specialist and global leader in network solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), and Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications, are today announcing their commercial agreement for the immediate deployment of the widest LoRaWan™ based low power, wide area network (LPWAN) in India.
Tata Communications successfully ran a large-scale LoRaWan network pilot since June 2016, powered by several hundred of Kerlink LoRaWa Wirnet Stations, covering 40 million people in three major cities in India – Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru -. This live assessment confirmed the sharp design, the strong performance and the high reliability of Kerlink’s gateways.
Tata Communications is working towards a nationwide roll-out of its LoRaWan network to cover Tier 1, 2, 3 and 4 cities in India, touching nearly 2,000 communities and over 400 million people, and is currently looking to deploy more than 10,000 Kerlink Wirnet iBTS Compact stations, making it soon the widest LoRaWan live network worldwide.
“Tata Communications’ initiative of creating a nation-wide network for connected devices is ramping up significantly in scale since its launch. We are looking to roll out network across many cities in India and have partnered with domain experts to help us achieve this ambitious target”, said V.S. Shridhar, Senior Vice President and Head – Internet of Things, Tata Communications. “Kerlink, one of the founding members of the LoRa Alliance, demonstrated their willingness and capability to collaborate with us on this project and we are pleased to have them by our side, every step of the way.”
“Kerlink is proud to be part of Tata Communications global plan to deliver a state-of-the art LPWA IoT Network, and to support this long-term strategy by delivering a new version of its Wirnet iBTS Compact station”, confirmed William Gouesbet, Kerlink CEO. “On top of its market leading technical and LoRaWanTM features, this product now offers a 3G dual-SIM modem to ensure backhaul continuity of service, wherever the gateway will be deployed on the Indian territory. Moreover, its geolocation-ready design also immediately enables Tata Communications to anticipate new type of global, innovative and cost efficient services for its customers, benefiting from the native geolocation capability for LoRaWan connected devices”.