Four years ago, Senet, a U.S.-based provider of cloud-based software and services platforms that enable global connectivity and on-demand network build-outs for the Internet of Things (IoT), and SenRa, a PAN India LoRaWAN network service provider, announced a partnership to design, deploy and manage scalable LoRaWAN networks globally.
In 2017, SenRa chose Senet’s cloud-based Managed Network Services for IoT (MNSi™) to launch its LoRaWAN network rollout throughout India.
Through a cloud-based architecture and by using a disciplined, planned release process, Senet has implemented more than 45 major network server platform updates over the past 52 months while consistently maintaining carrier-grade uptime. This results in continuously adding functionality to support the needs of the network operator, RAN partner, and solution provider customers using the network as a critical ingredient of their end-to-end services. Senet’s commitment to delivering market-leading connectivity platforms allows network operators to offer carrier-grade SLA-backed services on an accelerated schedule to meet early demand, drive competitive prices through operating efficiencies and rapidly scale beyond their original footprint.
Since launching LoRaWAN connectivity services in India’s National Capital Region (NCR) in May of that year, SenRa has expanded its network operation to 74 cities across the country. The key? Time-to-market acceleration reducing a traditional 18-24 month network roll out to three months.
Over the same time frame, SenRa has supported the India Government Smart City Mission introduced in June 2015, designed to promote sustainable and inclusive cities that provide core infrastructure and improve quality of life for its citizens through a clean and sustainable environment and the application of Smart Solutions.
SenRa also built numerous strategic relationships with companies across vertical markets, for example, Bosch in Industrial IoT, Smart Buildings and Smart Cities; Ripple Metering to deploy smart water and gas meters; and PNI for smart parking and parking enforcement.
SenRa’s most recent deployments include over 10,000 water meters connected at Pimpri-Chinchwad Smart City and more than 8,000 residential and commercial gas meters in Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Ludhiana.
“While some network operators have struggled with the complexities of building and managing an IoT network from the ground up, SenRa has gained a significant competitive advantage by partnering with Senet to establish and expand our business,” said Ali Hosseini, CEO of SenRa. “The rich feature set of Senet’s managed networks services platform delivers all of the tools necessary to design, deploy and maintain our network infrastructure, onboard and support a growing number of customers at scale, and ensure the delivery of carrier-grade LoRaWAN connectivity across markets.”
Beyond its growth throughout India, SenRa is utilizing Senet’s MNSi platform to expand its network deployments globally. SenRa has deployed or is in the process of deploying LoRaWAN networks in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa, including in Kuwait, Oman, Singapore, and Somalia, among other locations.
In support of SenRa’s global growth strategies, the companies are collaborating closely to fulfill end-user requirements for carrier-grade LoRaWAN network services, certified devices, and application adoption through collaborative device testing, partner ecosystem development, and co-marketing initiatives.
“We are extremely pleased to see the growth SenRa is experiencing across India and globally,” said Bruce Chatterley, CEO of Senet. “This success is a reflection of the reliability, predictability of performance, versatility of business models, and the efficiencies in network expansion that a growing number of LoRaWAN network operators, RAN partners, and applications service providers have come to expect from Senet’s network connectivity platforms.”
Juhi Fadia is an engineer, analyst, researcher and writer covering advanced and emerging technologies.
Edited by Luke Bellos