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OGERO to tender
internet of things network
Bidders should be

linked to global tech firms

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OGERO, the State-owned telecom entity, plans to launch a tender for the procurement and installation of Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRAWAN), a media access control protocol for long range, wireless networks that only needs low electric power. The LoRAWAN network will be used for 'Internet of Things' (IoT) services.

OGERO has invited bids from companies that have proven knowhow regarding the LoRAWAN system. The deadline for submitting the technical and administrative bids is October 6.

The bidders should be partners or authorized agents of firms that are members of the LoRAWAN Alliance, which is an international association that mainly includes players in the IoT business. They should also confirm that the LoRAWAN Alliance companies are willing to participate in the administrative and technical aspects of the project and to support its execution.

The bidders should prove that the involved companies commit to help in subsequent works such as expansions and maintenance for a period of at least three years. They should also pledge to provide maintenance services for five years and to train some of OGERO’s employees on how to install and operate LoRAWAN equipment.

Bidders should submit a bank guarantee of LL25 million ($16,600) in order to be able to participate in the tender. The winning bid will later be expected to submit a guarantee for good performance, representing ten percent of the value of the project.

Earlier this year, OGERO said that it will complete the deployment of the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) on its network by the end of 2016. The IPv6 will allow the development of IoT projects.

IPv6 is the newest version of the Internet Protocol (IP), which provides a location and identification and system. The IPv6 will replace the IPv4, which has limited capacities and has become saturated.

The project is expected to take less than six months to be completed.
Reported by Shikrallah Nakhoul
Date Posted: Sep 08, 2016
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