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19 Mar 2020

Sigfox Russia has announced it is preparing to launch its ‘Sigfox 0G’ network for IoT in partnership with Energo Capital, a digital venture capital company which operates across Russia and the Baltics. Sigfox Russia will be using ultra-long coverage base stations to create a network covering more than 85% of the Federation’s population, large industrial sites, transport hubs and corridors, enabling ‘millions of sensors, metering and other devices to connect through low-power, simple and inexpensive radio modules’. Mid-term plans also include providing coverage in areas where it is impossible to create terrestrial 0G communication networks such as Taiga and the Northern Sea Route by using the future ELO nanosatellite constellation, deployed and operated by Sigfox in partnership with Eutelsat. Bertrand Rame, Senior Vice President Expansion & Partner Management at Sigfox, said: ‘Russia is a key country not only because of market size, which is predicted to grow to USD7.6 billion in 2022. For the global economy, Russia is also very important for the digitalisation of thousands of kilometres of railway corridors within the Belt & Road Initiative, all the way through the Baltics and Poland to Western Europe. Sigfox as the proven leader in transportation and logistics IoT services is very well positioned to help fulfill this challenge.’ Sigfox IoT networks operate in more than 70 countries on five continents, transmitting 26 million messages daily from 15.4 million IoT devices.

Nokia has partnered China Mobile subsidiary CMCC Guangxi to deliver a landslide monitoring and early warning system for highways operations management company BGIGC Group (Guangxi Beibu Gulf Investment Group Co). Deployed on the G75 Lanzhou–Haikou Expressway, one of the main highways in Guangxi province, the system has already undergone extensive trials during which it successfully prevented adverse impact to road users following a landslip in March 2019. The system is based on the Nokia IMPACT IoT platform, comprising end-to-end Nokia hardware (Edge-plus gateway and sensor nodes) and software.

Oman’s Ministry of Technology and Communications, in partnership with Omantel, Cisco, Bahwan Information Technology and the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn), has launched a pilot project for smart cities in the Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM), reports ONA. Ministry head Salim bin Sultan al-Ruzaiqi said that the project aims to be an experimental model that contributes to providing infrastructure for smart cities in the Sultanate, with the intention that decision-makers, authorities and institutions can benefit from it when implementing smart city projects in all governorates. The pilot includes a project for traffic control in the KOM using real-time data analysis.

Swedish state-owned infrastructure and communications provider Teracom has awarded Ericsson a contract to deploy a 450MHz 4G radio access network (RAN) and core transport system. The 5G-ready network will offer secure and reliable mobile connections, including IoT, for public and private national critical infrastructure enterprises such as water and electricity providers.

Russian systems integrator Center 2M has announced the launch of a new federal MVNO-based service exclusively for IoT projects, utilising the Tele2 Russia mobile network with domestic roaming coverage provided by larger cellco MTS outside of Tele2 coverage zones. Negotiations are also ongoing on connecting to the Beeline and MegaFon cellular networks, reports TDaily. Center 2M has been operating as an MVNO since 2018, but until now only in Moscow city/region. Center 2M technical director Dmitry Elansky said: ‘Today we provide a full range of telecommunication services in the field of industrial Internet of Things exclusively for legal entities. We use our network both for mobile data transfer between smart devices (M2M), and as a transport part of our own Center 2M software solutions in certain industries for digitalisation of the Russian economy.’

Lastly, Polish mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) NEXT Mobile, which uses the Plus network for connectivity, has introduced an auxiliary brand, ‘NEXT IoT’. According to Telepolis, NEXT will develop IoT services including an M2M SIM management application under the new brand targeting sectors such as automotive, industrial, health and utilities.

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