Tata Communications and Kerlink to offer turnkey IoT solutions

Eric Torres of Tata

Kerlink, a specialist in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), and Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS), a partner for communication service providers (CSPs) globally and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Communications Limited, announced a partnership to promote and deploy LoRaWAN IoT networks globally.

The partnership was announced at the LoRa Alliance three-day All Members Meeting in Berlin.

Kerlink and TCTS will demonstrate to telecom carriers, start-up IoT connectivity providers, cities and large multinationals how LoRa technology is one of the most responsive and reliable protocols for IoT connectivity. Kerlink and TCTS will offer easily installed and managed networks that include the full range of smart-city applications for lighting, parking, building, energy and refuse management, as well as smart agriculture, metering, and safety and security applications.

“Despite the rapid growth of IoT, many companies and cities are still searching for a private IoT network solution that can be customised for their specific goals and deployed and managed easily,” said Madhusudhan Mysore, executive chairman and CEO, Tata Communications Transformation Services. “TCTS and Kerlink will focus on this market and demonstrate – based on extensive telecom experience, multiple IoT use cases in critical applications, and a proven record of deployments around the world – that LoRaWAN technology is the ideal private-network solution for these groups,” he added.

Tata Communications, part of the US$100+ billion Tata Group along with TCTS, and Kerlink have deployed LoRaWAN networks in more than 40 Indian communities and cities, touching over 250 million people in total. The nationwide deployment is powered by more than 10,000 Kerlink Wirnet iBTS Compact stations. Tata Communications’ LoRaWAN networks offer an overall availability higher than 99%, and Kerlink carrier-grade solutions have demonstrated their robustness and reliability through three monsoon cycles in India.

Robert Clapham

“There is a compelling story to tell about how Tata Communications and Kerlink customers in India and around the world quickly and easily deployed LoRaWAN -based solutions that deliver multiple IoT benefits to users over long-range, low-power, and bidirectional networks,” said Eric Torres, VP & head of Business Operations and Solution Engineering, Tata Communications Transformation Services.

“TCTS and Kerlink have joined forces to share this story and to bring turnkey network consulting and smart applications, sensors, connectivity, and operations management to help cities and companies worldwide deploy IoT solutions that leverage LoRaWAN networks’ key capabilities.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for Kerlink and TCTS to combine our deep technological know-how and broad on-the-ground experience in designing and deploying reliable telecommunications networks that are tailored to meet our customers’ goals,” said Robert Clapham, Kerlink’s deputy CEO. “Kerlink’s high-performance equipment and network design and management offerings, which have been validated in challenging environments around the world, will be key components of this joint offer with TCTS.”

TCTS provides business transformation, managed network operations, network outsourcing and consultancy services to telecommunication companies around the world. In this partnership with Kerlink, the company will provide customers with sensors, integration expertise and the applications needed for its networks. Kerlink will bring Wirnet iBTS stations for low-power/wide-area (LPWA) connectivity. It will also provide its Wanesy Management Centre for deploying and operating networks with an optimised total cost of ownership (TCO) and increased return on investment (ROI). The company has served customer rollouts of LoRaWAN networks in 69 countries.

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