Vodafone Idea Conducts Commercial NB-IoT Trial for Automatic Metering Infrastructure

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Vodafone Idea Business Services (VIBS), the enterprise arm of India's Vodafone Idea announced its strategic partnership with Genus Power Infra.

Through this partnership both companies are working together to establish a commercial scale POC (Proof of Concept) of NB-IoT networks in India.

Advanced trials are being conducted at Genus’s R&D facility at Jaipur, Rajasthan around one of the most promising use of NB-IoT - AMI (Automatic Metering Infrastructure). These intensive trials planned not just promise to bring in the age of massive IoT deployments in the country but also promises to take ahead the government’s mission of Digital India & Make in India initiatives.

Vodafone has earlier launched NB-IoT networks in many countries including Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Netherlands, South Africa etc. and is the global leader in managed IoT, with 74 million plus connections and network and services platform supporting a wide range of business-critical applications. 

Genus Power Infra is a pioneer in AMI and therefore was an apt ally for such initiative in India. Genus has been an exporter of smart energy meters particularly to SEA / Africa and is also planning to commercially produce NB-IoT enabled smart meters both for India and the global markets. 

Nick Gliddon, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Vodafone Idea
Narrowband IoT is the next growth engine in the IoT space which allows greater network coverage, improved battery life of 10 years plus for devices, and the ability to slice and partition the network for specific use case, to make massive IoT deployments commercially viable for enterprises across verticals. 

Jitendra Kumar Agarwal, Joint MD, Genus Power Infra
Genus has conducted NB-IoT trials globally and has been a part of the digitization and power reforms phase in India. We are committed to supply smart and sustainable solutions to the power sector in the country.

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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