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Indian telecommunications giant Tata Telecommunications and American multinational IT firm Hewlett Packard (HP) have announced that both are working together to build an IoT (Internet of Things) network in India and this will be and this will be the world’s largest IoT network.

The project will involve connecting devices, applications and other IoT solutions over the LoRa network in smart buildings, campus, utilities, fleet management, security and healthcare services in nearly 2,000 communities.

LoRa is essentially a wireless technology dedicated to IoT or connected things and M2M (Machine to Machine) networks, supporting key IoT requirements such as secure bi-directional communication, mobility and localization services.

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The first phase of this rollout will target Tier 1, 2, 3 and 4 cities in India, touching over 400 million people.

Tata Communication will also work with HP to provide a range of domestic and cross-border IoT connectivity and management services, particularly for applications requiring elements of mobility, such as connected cars, fleet management and transportation services, said the company in a statement. Notably, Tata Motors, an another company of Indian business conglomerate Tata Group, has recently partnered with Microsoft to make use of connected car technologies from the tech firm in order to gift the Indian masses advanced machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities in Tata cars.

“As part of our commitment to innovation and in driving digital transformation globally, we are creating a cohesive, resilient and highly secure network to deploy IoT applications in India. We are excited to be partnering with HP in this project as this platform is critical to amalgamating all the complex variables in enabling a truly digital India.” said Anthony Bartolo, president, Mobility, IoT and Collaboration Services, Tata Communications.

“Through our partner centric approach, the HPE Universal IoT platform will enable Tata Communications to build multiple vertical use cases for its Indian IoT network on a common platform with a common data model.” said David Sliter, vice president and general manager, Communications Solutions Business, Hewlett Packard Enterprises.

If everything falls in right place India would make a prominent mark in the IoT realm not only as first Asian country to reach such a milestone. India, however, will be third country to a have nationwide IoT network as last year in August Netherlands had become the first country in the world to have a nationwide network of IoT beating South Korea to it by a margin of just a week. The nationwide IoT network was rolled out by Dutch telecommunications company KPN [Read more here]

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