IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

29 Aug 2019

Greek operator Cosmote announced on its website that its NB-IoT network has reached ‘nationwide’ coverage, with 96.9% of the population within the footprint. It simultaneously announced the launch of the ‘NB-IoT Data Sharing 500KB business tariff plan’, specifically designed ‘for organisations and businesses that use or offer NB-IoT solutions and need reliable communication even in the most difficult spots, such as buildings and basements, and low power consumption by the IoT devices without requiring frequent charging’. Cosmote has already implemented Smart Cities pilot projects using the NB-IoT network, such as smart lighting, smart parking and air pollution monitoring in the city of Patras, as well as the Smart University Campus in Xanthi, with air quality and heating oil tank level monitoring applications, as well as water quality analysis.

Deutsche Telekom – operating in Germany as Telekom Deutschland – has formed a strategic ‘campus networks’ partnership with Ericsson to address growing market demand in Germany for mobile solutions at industrial sites combining public and private cellular networks, supporting diverse use cases for enterprise customers in manufacturing, logistics centres, airports and harbours. A press release noted: ‘With data traffic kept locally, customers benefit from low network latency and a high degree of security. Companies can, for example, control and monitor real-time Internet of Things (IoT) applications in their operations, such as centrally controlled industrial robots and driverless transport systems.’

Another Deutsche Telekom subsidiary, T-Mobile Poland, is utilising its NB-IoT network to deploy a smart waste management system for the municipal utility corporation of the city of Walbrzych, with a pilot stage involving 150 sensors installed in waste containers. Back in November 2017 T-Mobile Poland launched its first NB-IoT-enabled base stations, and in June 2018 the operator disclosed that NB-IoT – based on its LTE-800 network – had live coverage of more than 250 municipalities.

Swedish ‘smart connected services’ specialist Th1ng has acquired the broadband ISP operations of Lund-based Brabit, with customers being transferred on 1 September 2019. Klas Westholm, CEO of Th1ng, explained: ‘With the acquisition of Brabit, our position is further strengthened in the operator market. Since we are in a very expansionary phase, this acquisition fits nicely into our strategy. We are also looking at the possibility of more acquisitions going forward. Th1ng is now established in most of Sweden, and we offer services in most urban networks.’ Brabit offers internet services over Swedish open access metro networks but has sold its ISP operation to focus on developing its business services platform.

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