Vodafone Germany has initiated ‘extensive’ NB-IoT network coverage across the city of Dusseldorf, and has begun deployment in Berlin (with a commercial launch in the capital scheduled for January 2018). By March 2018 Vodafone aims to provide NB-IoT services in 13 major German cities, utilising the LTE 800MHz frequency band. DHL, Deutsche Bahn, Diehl Metering, Techem and Panasonic are among various companies developing NB-IoT solutions using the network. Vodafone says it is working with partners along the entire value chain to develop solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), ‘from the module manufacturer to the network supplier’ and ‘from the start-up to the large corporation’.
Thai state-owned telco CAT Telecom says it has shifted its business model towards digital services including IoT, The Nation reported, quoting company president Sanpachai Huvanandana, who highlighted CAT’s plans to deploy LoRaWAN networks to support IoT/smart city platforms. CAT has rolled out a pilot LoRaWAN network in Phuket to develop smart city plans and is aiming to expand coverage to other provinces including Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen and Songkhla. CAT expects to see Thailand adopt around 270 million IoT devices in the next five years, about three times the current rate of growth, said Sanpachai. ‘CAT Telecom expects to achieve a 25% market share of IoT devices, or around 67 million IoT devices in the market in the next five years,’ the president added.
Uruguay’s Antel has introduced a connected car platform in partnership with Cabatel, in a similar vein to the well-established OnStar service, Telesemana reports. Antel’s platform features vehicle Wi-Fi connectivity and sensors for collecting data in real-time on the car’s status, location and driving statistics, whilst one of its first customer sign-ups is vehicle rental operator Europcar.
Ooredoo Kuwait has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ericsson to bolster its nationwide network to support the introduction of IoT technologies. The ‘digital transformation’ project will seek to better serve the needs of smart cities and enterprises.
Finally, WND Brasil’s Sigfox IoT network has reached coverage of twelve major metropolitan centres and a total of 200 cities, and population coverage of over 100 million. The operator aims to reach all Brazilian state capitals by the end of March 2018.
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