du announced a collaboration with MediaTek, a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in cutting-edge systems-on-chip (SoC), to bring Internet of Things (IoT) development kits to the Middle East for the first time. The joint effort offers hardware and software to design and build devices with cellular connectivity.

The collaboration between companies aims to drive technology innovation in the UAE that will enable growth opportunities in Smart Cites, Wearables, and other IoT verticals and domains.

du is the Strategic Partner of Smart Dubai Office for the development and implementation of the Smart Dubai Platform and is aggressively pursuing the path to IoT by taking the lead to build a UAE 5G Innovation Gate (U5GIG ) to prototype, test and validate early 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) equipment and services. U5GIG will also allow universities and technical organizations across the UAE to work together and participate in the development of the 5G and IoT ecosystem, and for academia and industry to test applications and technologies in a real-world setting.

""MediaTek is delighted to work together on advanced technologies with du to and help them realize their vision. This initiative will encourage local talent and boost hardware and software application development work in the UAE. Using MediaTek Hardware and Software Development Kits - part of our LinkIt™ platform - makes it easy for developers to create exciting and compelling products."" said Rami Osman, MediaTek's Regional Director of Corporate Sales for MEA. ""Both companies are also working with global industry partners on the next generation roadmap for IoT technologies and we see applications making a positive impact to the U5GIG initiative in the next few months,"" adds Osman.

""As a leading telecom service provider in the region, we are an active member in domestic and global industry alliances to keep and enhance our competitiveness through technology collaboration with an industry leader like MediaTek. This move will create new opportunities for technology innovation to realize our vision to build Smart City that unites city services across different IoT verticals.,"" said Marwan BinShakar - VP Mobile Access Network and Operations at du. He adds, ""The aim of setting up U5GIG is to bridge the gap between industry and academia. By collaborating with wireless technology leaders like MediaTek, we will deliver innovative communications solutions to our customers across the UAE.""

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