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Bharti Airtel's B2B division, Airtel Business, has achieved a new industry milestone by becoming India's first Information and Communications Technology (ICT) service provider to connect over 20 million devices through its Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

Airtel IoT enables enterprises across various industries, such as automobile, energy, utilities, logistics, financial services and manufacturing, among others, to have a dedicated private network for the safe transmission of all customer data across connected devices.

Some of Airtel's IoT deployments in recent times include: a partnership with Secure Meters for the deployment of 1.3 million smart meters in Bihar on NB-IoT; a collaboration with TP Western Odisha Distribution Limited (TPWODL); a joint venture between the Government of Odisha and Tata Power for the deployment of 200,000 Smart Meters in Odisha; and another partnership with Matter Motor Works to power 300,000 bikes through cellular IoT.

CEO of Airtel Business (India) Ganesh Lakshminarayanan said, "IoT is a key pillar in India's digital growth journey, and as a brand powering this journey with our future-ready technology solutions for connected devices, we are delighted to achieve this significant milestone of 20 million connected devices on our platform. With efficient and cost-effective automated IoT solutions, we are at the forefront of empowering enterprises to extend their reach to the remotest parts of the country on our secure platform as they scale their businesses. We will continue to partner with enterprises to enable their digital transformation journey with our innovative IoT solutions."

Airtel Business's integrated IoT platform offers solutions such as asset tracking, vehicle telematics, industrial asset monitoring, smart metering and more. Airtel claims that the platform is future-ready, scalable and secure, catering to the IoT requirements of enterprises across various technologies, such as 5G, 4G, NB-IoT, 2G and satellite.

The integrated IoT platform also allows enterprises to manage connected devices through the user-friendly connectivity management portal, Airtel IoT Hub. The portal features advanced analytics tools like diagnostics, live session checks and real-time data-usage monitoring.

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