The global association of GSM mobile operators ‘GSMA’ has recognised Grameenphone as one of the first telecom operators in South Asia and the first operator in Bangladesh to introduce the NB-IoT network, which puts Bangladesh and Grameenphone on the world IoT map, said a press release.
Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is a cutting-edge communications technology that facilitates the connection of millions of everyday appliances, like waste bins and power meters, all over the country.
NB-IoT is far more energy efficient and uses a fraction of the bandwidth compared to regular 4G communication which means, meters installed in pipes or drains, or parking sensors placed in the basement of car parks, are easily connected with the network, the release said.
NB-IoT is expected to enable rapid adoption of IoT applications in the country, such as smart electricity/gas/water metering, safety monitoring, city parking, city lighting, connected vehicles and various industrial automation solutions, the release said.
Grameenphone deputy CEO and CMO Yasir Azman said, ‘Grameenphone has always been in the forefront of bringing in advanced technology. We are very proud to be one of the very few telecom operators in Asia to bring in NB-IoT.’
According to a report, published by GSMA on 21st February 2019, Bangladesh is now among only 45 NB-IoT enabled markets in the world. In South Asia, Bangladesh and Sri-Lanka are the only two countries that have a NB-IoT network, said the release.
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