Czech national transmission company Ceske Radiokomunikace (CRa) has selected Semtech Corporation, a supplier of analogue and mixed-signal semiconductors, to supply its LoRa wireless RF platform for its first foray into the Internet of Things (IoT) sector. CRa is looking to pilot a new IoT network in the Republic and will test LoRa under real-world conditions, M2M.World.News reports. CRa is working with network partners RWE GasNet and Softlink to develop a LoRa-based solution that was first tested in the spring of this year and has now been soft-launched in select markets in a ‘live’ scenario. The tests reportedly demonstrated the ‘long reach, low power consumption and low operational costs of the LoRa technology. They also exhibited the signal quality and reach to both outside and inside facilities, which is a key parameter for smart metering.’ With billions of M2M devices expected to be connected in the next five years, CRa is positioning itself to cater to IoT development throughout the country and region with infrastructure that offers nationwide coverage and a high-performance cloud computing data centre. The pilot operation has been successfully implemented in the capital Prague, and should be ready for commercial launch by the end of 2015.