Ooredoo launches Smart City in the Maldives

Ooredoo launches Smart City in the Maldives
31st Aug 2015

Ooredoo today launched Smart City initiative in the Maldives, committing to connect the nation with smart solutions aimed to enrich the lives of the population.

To kick start their Smart City initiative, Ooredoo announced the introduction of Ooredoo Wi-Fi Hangout Areas across prime spots in the capital city including hospitals, ferry terminals, youth center, café’s etc. The company will continue to expand this service across the country, enabling customers with seamless access to a fast, secure and affordable internet connection from wherever they are.

Ooredoo will also be providing Free Wi-Fi access at public utility areas such as IGMH hospital, ferry terminals and the youth center. Customers can use 50 Mb of data per day within the Free Wi-Fi service, giving them the opportunity to catch up on news websites or connect with friends and family via social media, email, and social chat platforms such as WhatsApp and Viber. They can also watch videos, video chats and download content by subscribing to the available Wi-Fi hotspot.

As a special promotion to celebrate the launch of Ooredoo’s Smart City, the people of Maldives will be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi access at all Ooredoo Wi-Fi Hangout Area’s till the end of September.

Ooredoo has already started using smart technologies to support young people. The company has setup a telecenter at Iskandhar School and has enabled free access to a number of educational websites, adding to the interactive learning experience of young students.

As cities across the world deal with a growing range of issues, including over-population, traffic congestion, pollution and high levels of energy consumption, the world is seeing a rise in the number of “smart cities” – urban areas which use ICT solutions to address mobile, transport, energy sustainability, infrastructure, governance, and security issues.

Speaking at the launch event of Smart City held in Male’ today, the vice-president of Maldives, Mr. Ahmed Adeeb said: “Ooredoo has played an instrumental role in establishing a world class telecommunication sector in the Maldives. We applaud Ooredoo for their support in bringing our vision of establishing smart cities in the Maldives to life. Connecting our people to smart technologies will instigate innovative solutions that tackles key challenges that are prevalent in an urban society, thus paving the way to a better quality of life”.

CEO of Ooredoo Maldives, Vikram Sinha: “We are committed towards connecting Maldives and its people to a smarter future. The smart cities concept is synonymous with our belief that we can leverage technology to stimulate human growth across our footprint. We look forward to building on Ooredoo’s expertise in this area, and providing the Maldivian community with smart solutions that can enrich their lives”.

Chairman of the Board of Ooredoo Maldives and Group Chief Officer Small and Medium Business Unit, Khalid Al Mahmoud said: “Globally, Ooredoo is contributing to the development and implementation of smart city solutions and networks, supported by our role as a lead partner in the Smart Cities Council. We believe in the power of emerging smart city technologies to enrich people’s lives, and we are eager to offer our expertise to the people of the Maldives in their efforts to build next generation urban environments.”

As a lead partner in the Smart Cities Council, Ooredoo has the opportunity to aid the direction of the emerging smart cities sector in the Maldives and across the world. The Smart Cities Council is a coalition of thought leaders who are collaborating to accelerate the move to smart, sustainable cities.

The launch event also featured a number of smart solutions that connect Ooredoo customers to Smart Homes, Smart Offices, Smart Schools and Smart Surveillance Systems. Ooredoo also demonstrated the opportunities for growth behind Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) services which allow business to connect business assets with each other or a central command center, thereby enabling the automation of routine tasks and maximizing efficiency with minimum investments in manpower, time and cost.

Ooredoo’s IoT portfolio currently includes point to point connectivity for Local Area Network extension as well as Ooredoo Locate - a solution that uses GPS technology to remotely track the location of personal vehicles, sea vessels and even individuals such as snorkelers or young children, in real-time using internet-enabled mobile devices.

In line with Ooredoo’s commitment to support the development of smart cities in the Maldives, the company will continue to expand their smart city portfolio over the coming months, empowering people with smart sustainable solutions to prevalent issues across the nation.