Kerlink is expanding into India by setting up a subsidiary to coordinate the company’s partnership with Tata Communications to deploy the world’s largest LoRaWAN network.
The rollout will bring a cost-and-energy-efficient IoT network to more than 400 million people in nearly 2,000 cities and communities across India, and will include more than 10,000 Kerlink Wirnet iBTS Compact stations.
Kerlink, which recently announced a partnership to roll out a LoRaWAN network across Argentina, is ramping up its global supply chain to meet strong demand for its equipment and network design, installation and operation services worldwide.
The new subsidiary Kerlink IoT Solutions India Private Ltd - which will oversee the company’s continued growth in India - is headed by Girish Dadheech, vice president of technology, customer & partner engagement. Prior to joining Kerlink, Dadheech served as chief technology officer for Astellia India.
“This expansion into India underscores Kerlink’s commitment to provide Tata Communications with superior customer service for the rollout and operation of their LoRaWAN network,” said Kerlink CEO William Gouesbet. “It also signals the success of our ongoing strategy to rapidly expand in regions around the world where our equipment and services are increasingly in demand.
Dadheech noted that the IoT will help boost India’s economy in a variety of ways, such as supporting infrastructure projects and creating demand for innovative services and applications.
“The Internet of Things will have enthusiastic reception in India in the major application categories of transport, agriculture, asset tracking, logistics, smart cities, smart homes and security and safety. These are being driven by strong and dynamic programs led by the state and private companies, like ‘100 Smart Cities’,” he said. “The LoRaWAN network, powered by Kerlink stations, can be deployed simply and will quickly begin delivering the efficient, two-way connectivity throughout Tata Communications’ targeted nationwide coverage areas.”
Kerlink’s new Wirnet iBTS Compact stations include a 3G dual-SIM modem to ensure backhaul continuity of service for data transmission to applicative servers. Moreover, its geolocation-ready design also immediately enables Tata Communications to anticipate new global, innovative and cost-efficient services for its customers, based on the native geolocation capability for LoRaWAN connected devices.