Ericsson, VNPT forge Industry 4.0 strategic partnership

31 May 2019

Ericsson and Vietnamese stated-owned telco VNPT Group have signed a strategic partnership pact to accelerate the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies in Vietnam and capture the growth enabled by 5G and IoT.

Under the partnership, Ericsson will help expand IoT capabilities across VNPT’s mobile network with its 4G NB-IoT solutions.

This will allow VNPT to provide new digital services to its consumer and enterprise customers, as well as support e-Government initiatives.

The partnership will help transform the country’s industries including manufacturing, agriculture, transport and energy, Ericsson said in a statement.

"By providing our 4G IoT capabilities as well as leveraging our recently launched ‘IoT Innovation Hub’ in Vietnam, we are looking to fuel and drive the IoT ecosystem in Vietnam and create momentum towards 5G," said Denis Brunetti, head of Ericsson Vietnam and Myanmar.

Last month, Ericsson and Vietnam’s Ministry of Science & Technology, launched an IoT innovation hub to support start-ups and promotes entrepreneurship.

Pham Duc Long, CEO of VNPT Group, said the joint initiative supports the group’s ambition of driving smart city and Industry 4.0 initiatives across Vietnam.

“We are creating additional value for our consumer and enterprise customers now through advanced digital services enabled by 4G NB-IoT for less demanding Massive IoT use cases, and then 5G for more advanced use cases with much higher data volumes and extreme low-latency requirements in the very near future,” the executive said.

Tencent, Siradel to design LoRa network in Shenzhen

In a related news, Tencent has partnered with Siradel, a provider of advanced wireless network design and smart city planning tools, to design a new LoRa network in key areas of Shenzhen City.

Tencent has already started the deployment of its first LoRa network for IoT in Shenzhen.

As part of the network design, Siradel carried out a study aiming to evaluate and optimize the existing IoT network based on LoRaWAN technology.

The study used Siradel’s S_IoT tool to assess the current outdoor and indoor coverage and to simulate the future coverage after integration of additional gateways.

The results of the study show that the existing LoRa network has achieved continuous coverage of Shenzhen key areas and deep indoor coverage in some areas.

Tencent has completed the first stage of the network deployment in a smart community of Nanshan District, based on the Siradel study.

The Chinese internet giant is planning to optimize the entire LoRa network to facilitate, speed up and reduce overall cost of the entire project, and to improve network coverage performance and the user experience.

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