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Ooredoo launches first IoT platform in Myanmar with Nokia deal

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Ooredoo Myanmar has launched the first internet of things platform of its kind in the Asian country as part of an agreement with Nokia.

The Middle-East based carrier and the Finnish vendor have worked together to trial a "sensing as a service" IoT proof of concept in Yangon. The test involved sensor deployment at existing Ooredoo infrastructure which was used to track basic environmental data such as humidity and temperature.

The PoC sensors can also track more complex data such as pollution levels and methane levels and send this information back to an app on a mobile device.

Once rolled out, the complete service will be used to facilitate live environmental updates for Yangon, with each criteria checked at least once every minute, and could potential be used to model and forecast weather changes and pollution/ air quality changes.

It will only be rolled out in Yangon initially, Nokia told Capacity at a press conference at this year's Myanmar Connect, but there is the potential to deploy in other cities across Myanmar.

Danabalan Amirthalingam, country senior officer at Nokia Myanmar, said: "We are excited to work with Ooredoo to empower cities for the future. Our solutions are designed to provide a shared, secure and scalable platform that ensures the best use of urban resources and data to enable to human possibilities of smart and sustainable cities."

Vikram Sinha, CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar, added: "We firmly believe IoT will go a long way in enriching Myanmar's economy at large and life of citizens in specific, in tangible ways. We are confident that with the combination of Ooredoo's next-generation mobile network and Nokia's innovative solutions, this partnership will be able to bring value addition to critical sectors such as public health, connected devices and homes, healthcare, and smart cities - pushing forward the government's digital strategy and vision to use IoT technology to enhance sustainability and to improve citizens' quality of life."

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