Is your network IoT-ready?

We find out how organisations in Asia can overcome the network challenges brought about by IoT and smart cities from Alcatel Lucent Enterprise’s Kenny Ng.

By Nurdianah Md Nur
Aug. 26, 2016

Networks is one of the key technological enablers for smart cities. What needs to be done to futureproof the networks so that it can support smart city developments?  
IDC reported that in 2020, 80 percent of all IT infrastructure will be delivered on a "pay-as-you-go basis." This echoes the strong growth the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) market has seen, as consumer smartphones and tablets continue to gain market share across Asia Pacific, according to IDC. In addition, as IoT continues to evolve, businesses need to embrace the ever-rising BYOD trend and adopt solutions that can support smart city developments.

The next generation network infrastructure needs to be flexible - easily adaptable and cost efficient. Networks should be considered as an on-demand service, enabling users to deploy, operate and maintain LAN and Wi-Fi network infrastructure under a pay-per-use pricing model. The appeal of a consumption-based pricing model is that expenses are operational, in line with the actual usage requirements, and not a sunk capital outlay. It provides flexibility in both service duration and the size of the network, and both can be expanded or reduced based on actual business needs.

Can you provide examples of how Alcatel Lucent Enterprise has helped Asian cities and organisations to improve their networks so that they can become 'smarter'/ embrace IoT? 
We were involved with the communications and networking backbone of Gujarat International Finance Tec-City in India, a Smart City development that implements IoT at a fundamental level. The project delivers countless benefits, from city-wide connectivity and intelligent parking to connected buildings. We've helped improved the everyday efficiency of each person in the Smart City by delivering a personalised connected experience, enabled by best-in-class enterprise telephony and unified communications applications running over an intelligent enterprise network infrastructure.

In a city in North East Asia, the network infrastructure was covered mostly by Very High Bit Rate Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL) technology, which had limitations in upgrading the bandwidth and expanding the network. In order to improve the network environment, the city government considered to upgrade the fundamental infrastructure with an aim of building itself as a Smart City to strengthen international city competitiveness.

For this goal, the city government established a newly licensed ISP (Internet Service Provider) to execute a fiber optic network project. We were chosen for the main backbone network solution provider to provide a robot and scalable solution. The services expand on its fibre network to home, enterprises, schools, public security, government organisations and other ISPs by leasing fibre network. The smart city platforms include: Smart TV, Smart Home, Smart Parking, Smart Public Transport, Smart Lighting, Smart Public Security and Smart School. 

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