Australian hardware specialist Netcomm Wireless has won an M2M supply deal with Saudi Arabia’s Mobily that it claims will bolster vertical-sector opportunities in the Middle East by allowing M2M services to work over 3G networks.
Under the arrangement, Netcomm (Sydney, Australia) is to supply Mobily (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) with outdoor industrial routers that can be used to support M2M services in areas that are poorly served by existing 3G networks.
The devices feature external 3G and WiFi antennas that boost signals in remote regions.
Mobily is also to receive Netcomm’s ‘Indoor Industrial Router with Voice’ product, which supports wireless speeds of up to 21Mbps over 3G networks as well as analogue telephone connectivity.
Netcomm says the agreement will benefit companies in the oil and gas and transportation industries, in particular, as mobile penetration in the Middle East tops 100%.
Indeed, the company believes that demand for wireless M2M services in these sectors is fueling the growth of mobile broadband in the Middle East.
It cites research from Visiongain that predicts the number of wireless M2M connections in the Middle East will rise to 119.7 million by the end of 2016, as utility meters, vehicles, construction equipment and medical devices become connected.
Mobily owner Etisalat appears to be a driving force in the region’s M2M market, having been ranked by Machina Research among the top 20 global network operators based on expectations of revenue from mobile M2M in 2020.
“This M2M supply deal builds on the success of our existing partnership with Mobily and we are pleased to work together to provide countless vertical sectors throughout the Kingdom with significant new opportunities by combining Mobily's advanced broadband network capabilities with our innovative wireless M2M technologies,” said David Stewart, the chief executive of NetComm Wireless.
Netcomm has previously supplied HSPA routers to Mobily and the relationship between the two companies dates back several years.