Altice Portugal Taps Cisco Ultra Services EPC Platform to Support NB-IoT

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Altice Portugal has signed an MoU with Cisco at the recent MWC to promote the development of IoT solutions.

In the first project under this MoU, Altice Portugal and Cisco, in collaboration with Janz, developed a proof of concept of Water Telemetry to explore Cisco's Ultra IoT capabilities to launch new IoT services.

This system, which consists of the Cisco Ultra Services Platform, a fully virtualized, 5G-ready mobile services core that enables the availability of the new mobile network protocols targeted to IoT, namely NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT). It  also includes the eSCEF module which exposes network capabilities and resources to vertical applications and IoT Platforms with integrated API management.

The Water Telemetry case tests this new technology effectively, since it requires an autonomous battery, often in hard-to-reach places, requiring deep indoor coverage. However, other IoT use cases like gas and electricity, smart metering, smart parking, asset and animal tracking as well as people security will benefit greatly from NB-IoT technology.

Altice Portugal considers the expansion of NB-IoT essential for the emergence of new IoT use cases, and to continue its IoT solutions portfolio diversification. 

Luis Alveirinho, CTO, Altice Portugal
Cisco plays an important role with our IoT ecosystem, and the new virtual packet core will be instrumental to enable fast IoT application development. 

Yves Padrines, VP, Global Services Provider, EMEAR, Cisco 
Altice Portugal is moving to the next level with IoT to digitize and transform their business. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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