The smart information and communication technology (ICT) system implemented for Dubai Sustainable City is set to be replicated across nearly 20,000 property units in the city by 2022.
UAE telecom operators, Etisalat and Du – part of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company – have joined real estate development giant, Dubai Properties, to extend their Taawun programme to the developer’s units.
The collaboration is expected to benefit more than 100,000 people living and working in Dubai Properties’ units by 2022.
Taawun is a joint initiative between both operators, which entails the installation of an end-to-end fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) telecommunication network.
It also includes 3G/4G and LTE cellular coverage, improved internet services, and other communication upgrades.
Infrastructure provided by Taawun will be extended to several Dubai Properties developments over the next five years, including The Villa, Liwan, Culture Village, and Mudon’s Villanova, Serena, and Arabella communities, the last of which will be the pilot project within the scheme.
Taawun initiative was first rolled out for Dubai Sustainable City, and covered its residential units, university, commercial centre, school, shopping mall, and deluxe hotel and resort.
Jaber Mohamed Al Bastaki, director of operations at Dubai Properties, said Taawun would support the company’s “endeavour to develop smart new realty projects”.
He continued: “The resulting innovations and solutions [Taawun provides] will be instrumental in ensuring that all our upcoming projects achieve a common objective of supporting the UAE Vision 2021 and smart city development in Dubai.”
Humaid Al Suwaidi, senior vice president of mega projects at Etisalat, said Taawun was aligned with the government’s vision to develop smart technologies in the UAE.
“It will also ensure that the newly developed infrastructure will meet the current and future connectivity requirements of smart homes and systems in new property developments,” Suwaidi said.
“The infrastructure solutions we have devised through Taawun will provide a backbone for the delivery of state-of-the-art telecoms services, smart and digital technologies in each of Dubai Properties’ projects.”
Farid Faraidooni, deputy chief executive officer of ICT solutions at EITC, said collaboration has been the key to “implementing the technological advancements of tomorrow” in the three years since Taawun was launched.
“As such, we are moving towards enhancing the ICT framework of the UAE and will be implementing advanced infrastructure for Dubai Properties,” he added.
“The implementation of these initiatives will play a critical role in fulfilling its connectivity requirements, and we are excited to watch them take shape in the coming years.”