Ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain this month, Nokia launched off-the-shelf Internet of Things (IoT) packages for businesses in vertical IoT markets.
The Finnish technology company said the applications include IoT sensors, user applications and business models suited to specific sectors built on the Nokia World IoT Network Grid (WING) infrastructure.
The four new solutions unveiled in four verticals include: Smart Agriculture as-a-Service, which uses sensors to capture environmental, soil and crop data; Livestock Management as-a-Service, which include tracking devices and biosensors monitor animal health and welfare; Logistics as-a-Service, which use IoT sensors to enable tracking of the global movement and condition of goods through the c supply chain; and Asset Management as-a-Service: which connects products anywhere in the world.
Nokia said it is now trialing Agriculture as-a-Service with an African operator.
"The IoT is a growing opportunity for operators to win new enterprise customers and significant additional revenue in a diverse range of vertical markets,” said Ankur Bhan, Global Head of WING Business at Nokia.
Meanwhile, Telenor Pakistan has deployed country's first 5G-ready cloud-based RAN platform and controllers.
This marks the first deployment of the AirScale Base Station Controller (BSC) and AirScale Radio Network Controller (RNC) on AirFrame cloud infrastructure in Pakistan, and the first cloud-based BSC deployment in the Middle East and Africa region.
The Nokia solution reduces network complexity and operational cost, allowing service providers to provide innovative services more cost effectively.
Khurrum Ashfaque, Chief Technology Officer, Telenor Pakistan, said that this will give them added flexibility to scale the radio network resources based on demand.