IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

12 Jul 2018

Telenor Denmark has announced the completion of nationwide live NB-IoT and LTE-M network deployment, following a rollout which took around a month, spanning over 2,000 cell sites. Telenor’s press release added that it has subsequently been testing new IoT solutions based on NB-IoT/LTE-M connectivity with several companies for around four months.

Kerlink has signed a deal with TCT Brasil to distribute Kerlink IoT solutions in Brazil; the agreement follows an initial partnership last year involving the deployment of 28 Kerlink ‘Wirnet’ outdoor stations for Brazil’s first implementation of LoRa IoT technology, in a project managing electricity meters in Maceio, in Alagoas state.

Vodafone Portugal has introduced a new range of consumer IoT products/services marketed under the Vodafone Group’s ‘V’ banner, including automobile/location-based services ‘V-Auto’, ‘Auto SOS’, ‘Find My Car’ and ‘Safety Score’, all managed via a smartphone app.

Packetworx is deploying a LoRaWAN network in the Philippines, managed by The Things Network (TTN), which can also provide network roaming in other countries in the region. Packetworx aims to cover 90% of Filipino territory via 2,500 LoRa gateways, whilst TTN will enable secure access to over 4,100 gateways regionally.

3 Hong Kong has activated commercial NB-IoT network roaming with Taiwan’s Far EasTone, to meet demand created by rising export sales activity among corporate customers, connecting devices with embedded NB-IoT chips such as sensors and trackers.

Lastly, Huawei Technologies has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Kuwait to implement a digital transformation/smart cities strategy, it has been announced by the Kuwaiti Communication & Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA). The MoU has four components: development of intelligent infrastructure networks; security; virtual systems; and digital transformation of industries/central management services. Smart cities projects contained within these goals include the Silk (Al-Harir) City and Kuwaiti islands development programmes, with the proposed Mubarak seaport (at Bubyan Island, northeast of Kuwait) highlighted as an initial starting point for such strategies.

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