Optus and Cisco complete NB-IoT trials

Cisco Jasper is seeing increasing support for NB-IoT throughout its global service provider partnerships and demand from enterprises worldwide. The company has already completed live trials, including initial core network trials with Optus in Australia, which has completed integration of the Cisco Jasper platform to support NB-IoT.

“Optus sees the evolution of LTE technology, to support dedicated IoT networks, as a critical step towards mass adoption of IoT solutions by both enterprise and consumers, and is excited to be part of this emerging market trend,” said Allan Burdekin, Head of NCSi Incorporating Safe and Smart Cities at Optus. “Incorporating Cisco Jasper into our NB-IoT plans allows us to provide a consistent user experience to our customers across both traditional cellular and NB-IoT, all on a single platform. Cisco Jasper will be a key partner in enabling our customers to grow and scale with the IoT market in the most efficient way”.

Globally, Cisco Jasper partners with more than 50 service providers, managing IoT devices across more than 550 mobile operator networks. Many of these service providers have already committed to NB-IoT.

“I am convinced that LPWAN will have a huge impact on the IoT market, and for businesses in general. It opens up new use cases otherwise not possible, and can enable true mass-market implementations that, in many ways, will make the world smarter,” said Rami Avidan, Managing Director, Tele2 IoT AB. “We are committed to taking a leading role in driving this development alongside Cisco Jasper. Their support for NB-IoT will make it simple for our customers to manage their deployments and help accelerate global adoption.”

“Etisalat was the first operator in MENA to successfully conduct trials using NB-IoT in UAE and be ready for large-scale, reliable and secure connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions,” said Francisco Salcedo, Senior Vice President at Etisalat Digital. “We believe that NB-IoT is a key network technology for a new generation of connected sensors and devices. This technology will help in bringing more efficiency and scalability to a wide range of services, such as Smart Parking and Smart Metering.”