IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

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8 Mar 2018

India’s Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) is partnering Samsung to deploy a nationwide NB-IoT network. Hand-in-hand with Jio’s current LTE expansion project, the new IoT network ‘will support a variety of consumer and enterprise use cases such as vehicle tracking, smart appliances, smart metering, security, surveillance and more’, a release said. NB-IoT, enabled by software upgrades at existing base stations, will utilise existing Jio spectrum, supported by a new, dedicated cellular IoT virtualised core. The partners announced that Jio’s NB-IoT network is already ‘commercial’ in Mumbai (as of February 2018).

Saudi Telecom Company and Ericsson recently began a major LTE-A network expansion/upgrade programme incorporating the deployment of NB-IoT, aiming to open up new enterprise opportunities in IoT, including ‘Massive IoT applications for smart city purposes, such as metering, parking sensors, and connected cars.’

Ericsson has also completed the deployment of the first cellular NB-IoT clusters in the Cosmote LTE network in eleven Greek cities, to support emerging mMTC (massive Machine Type Communications) use cases, a press release announced. In addition, Ericsson and Cosmote aim to develop use cases and build the local ecosystem. In collaboration with local partner Fuelics, and using the Ericsson IoT Accelerator Platform, the companies designed, tested and introduced a new NB-IoT use case, fuel tank capacity monitoring, using Cosmotes’s commercial network.

Kazakhtelecom has completed the first stage of its multi-platform M2M/IoT network based on LoRa, Zigbee and LTE technologies, serving residential, municipal and industrial segments in Kazakhstan. LoRa coverage currently reaches the cities of Astana, Almaty and Shymkent, and by end-2018 is expected to cover 19 cities with more than 400 LoRa base stations, reaching over 30,000 apartment buildings and about 1.5 million apartments, with access to the telco’s cloud-based SmartHome platform. In partnership with its cellco associate Tele2 Kazakhstan, Kazakhtelecom is also developing the SmartConnectivity platform with SIM/connection/device management functions to augment existing GSM/LTE network-based M2M services. The telco expects there to be around 100 million IoT connected devices in Kazakhstan by 2025 and the market to be worth over USD250 million by that year.

3 Group (part of CK Hutchison) now offers access to the new Cisco Jasper Control Centre automated IoT connectivity management platform for companies looking to offer IoT services to customers on all 3 Group mobile networks. Peruvian operator Entel is another new sign-up to the same Cisco Jasper platform.

Taiwan’s Far EasTone has selected the Ericsson global IoT Connectivity Management service, based on the Device Connection Platform – part of Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform. The move is aimed at giving Far EasTone enterprise customers access to the global IoT market, including NB-IoT connectivity, while enabling international enterprises to enter the Taiwanese IoT market.

Cubic Telecom, specialising in global M2M/IoT connectivity, announced that it has technically enabled more than one million cars in more than 35 countries across 40 mobile networks since launching its software platform 15 months ago.

Actility announced that Telekom Srbija is its 50th customer to select its LoRa-based ThingPark IoT platform to power a national-scale commercial LPWA network rollout. Actility’s partner TERI Engineering is providing local project management in Serbia.

Australian LoRaWAN network operator National Narrowband Network Company (NNNCo) has also signed an agreement with Actility to use the ThingPark IoT software platform and wireless services.

UAE telco Du has selected NFV NB-IoT mobile core solutions from Affirmed Networks to enable IoT use cases including a wide range of smart city applications.

Portugal’s Nos, in partnership with OPEN, has launched its IoT R&D centre to develop projects with business customers, academia, tech providers and start-ups, with Sonae, Frulact and Sword Health listed as among the first companies involved in the research.

Telxius is partnering Sigfox to raise its IoT network coverage in Germany from 60% to over 80%, utilising some of the 2,350 telecom towers that Telxius acquired from Telefonica Germany in 2016. Sigfox stated that around 2,500 base stations are required for ‘complete’ network coverage by end-2018.

Spain-based Cellnex Telecom has teamed up with Swiss IoT provider Heliot to deploy Sigfox network infrastructure across more than 350 Cellnex sites in Switzerland, with initial 50% population coverage expected, rising to 90% in 2019.

Lastly, Telefonica and China Unicom have signed an agreement to access each other’s networks via a global IoT SIM card and unified IoT connectivity management platform, aiming to accelerate the deployment of IoT services, particularly in Europe, Latin America and China. The new IoT capabilities will launch later this year.

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