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19 Sep 2019

Canadian network operator Telus has launched the TELUS IoT Shop, which it calls Canada’s first self-serve online portal that enables businesses to easily purchase and manage pre-paid IoT connectivity on 4G LTE and LTE-M networks. Telus says that previously, purchasing IoT connectivity meant committing to volume requirements, credit checks and other processes that made it difficult for smaller companies and organisations to test and deploy relatively small quantities of IoT devices. The TELUS IoT Shop allows customers to pay with a credit card, monitor data usage online, quickly change rate plans and manage SIM statuses via the IoT Console account management dashboard, providing access for one to 100 SIM cards on an account, with between 100MB and 40GB of shareable data. Data plans auto renew on a 30-day cycle, or as soon as the data pool is used up.

Australian wholesale fixed broadband network provider NBN Co has launched IoT-based services under the ‘Network Extensions’ banner for operators of traffic signals, automatic teller machines, traffic cameras, roadside emergency points, rail boom gates, street light controllers, CCTV systems, environmental sensors, public transport infrastructure and a range of other specialised devices to connect via the nbn access network. Initially available across the nbn fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) footprint – via retail ISPs – there are also plans for a future expansion of Network Extensions across other fixed technology platforms.

Thai mobile and fibre network operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) and German multinational engineering and technology group Bosch have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support their collaboration in diverse areas advancing 5G technology and IoT. The pair will be testing industrial 5G/IoT use cases with the twin aims of meeting the needs of various industry segments while improving services to benefit the lives of consumers.

Russia’s MTS in partnership with Moscow’s Department of IT (DIT) is testing smart traffic safety solutions in its 5G pilot network zone in the capital, ComNews reports. Also partnering Huawei and system integrator NVision (itself part of the MTS group), MTS is demonstrating scenarios for 5G-based road safety solutions via vehicle-to-vehicle interaction and vehicle-to-city infrastructure communications, taking advantage of data transfer rates up to 3Gbps and ultra-low network latency giving virtually real-time system responses. A company spokesperson said: ‘According to our estimates, if 80% of cars have similar systems, the number of accidents with pedestrians and cyclists alone can be reduced by about half. We consider 5G as the basis for creating Smart City solutions which will connect various elements of the city’s infrastructure into a single convenient and efficient network. MTS’ immediate plans include the development of unmanned special equipment for utilities and various AR solutions, including for the tourism industry.’

In the US, Paige Wireless has announced the deployment of a carrier-grade public LoRaWAN IoT network across the state of Nebraska. A press release says that the Paige Wireless LoRa network aims to support ‘industries, farmers, businesses, students and communities’ by enabling users to deploy low-cost sensors, access real time data, and make on-demand decisions to improve efficiency, safety, security, actionability and profitability. In agriculture, LoRa solutions are aimed at using real-time data to maximise resources and yield, and lower farmers’ costs via more efficient water, nutrient, feed and soil health management.

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