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27 Aug 2020

Pakistani mobile operator Zong – a subsidiary of China Mobile – announced the successful testing of an NB-IoT network in partnership with chipset and modules manufacturer u-blox. Zong highlights that NB-IoT cellular technology offers low-power, cost-effective connectivity which can support up to 50,000 devices per cell while using only a fraction of the 4G LTE frequency band. A Zong spokesperson said: ‘With IoT expected to take over the technological landscape in years to come, the NB-IoT test is a pivotal development for Zong 4G … with numerous initiatives to enable a variety of industrial applications including tracking, agriculture, Smart City solutions and more.’ Zong already offers a range of IoT solutions on its 4G network including: Fuel Monitoring, Genset Monitoring (power generators), Water Management, Energy Management, Smart Fleet Management and Cold Chain Monitoring, while it also provides access to China Mobile’s OneNET IoT platform for connecting devices to the cloud and supporting quick development of IoT applications. Rival operator Telenor Pakistan claimed a national first in November 2019 with the launch of an NB-IoT network site.

Another of Pakistan’s cellcos, market leader Jazz, has deployed the country’s first 400Gbps fibre-optic transport network technology, which it heralded as future-proofing its operations for applications in IoT, Smart City and other developing fields. Jazz CTO Khalid Shehzad said: ‘This technology essentially allows us the freedom to provide more data at greater speeds through a programmable network that we can ramp up, like flicking a switch. Such a sustainable technology creates the basis for many subsequent developments including Smart City solutions, ultra-fast internet including 5G, and further opportunities to be jointly developed with public authorities,’ with the operator’s release highlighting other emerging technologies including IoT, VR, AR and 4K/8K/16K video. Jazz’s 400G network is initially carrying live traffic across the Lahore metro region with plans underway for expansion. The cellco previously launched 200G technology on its long-haul optical transport network and 100G on its metro networks.

UAE telco du and Software AG have signed a partnership to provide a subscription-based licensing model for IoT services to du’s business customers, CommsMEA reported. The strategic collaboration addresses complex IoT implementations for organisations in the UAE, with businesses to benefit from ‘rapid application development features, reduced time to deployment and out-of-the-box IoT analytics and dashboard to see the complete picture of their IoT data.’ The partnership will enable customers to ‘freely design, build, deploy and upgrade IoT applications with agility and flexibility, combining cloud, on-premise and edge deployment models’, while a ‘scalable architecture offers quick time to market for IoT applications.’ Target markets include government, healthcare, utilities, manufacturing, transport and automotive.

Thai telecoms group True Corp has established a subsidiary in Vietnam, named True Digital Vietnam to specialise in Data Analytics and Digital Solutions including IoT. True Corp’s wholly-owned True Digital Group (TDG) division owns 99.998% of True Digital Vietnam.

Cellco 3 Denmark has signed an agreement with Danish-based global IoT connectivity provider NextM2M, which will use 3’s network and European roaming agreements for its solutions, while 3 will supplement its IoT product range with NexM2M solutions. NextM2M has customers in 60 countries worldwide, connecting IoT devices across regions and borders, ‘from sensors and alarms to trash cans and street lighting’.

A1 Bulgaria has announced that its NB-IoT network-based water management services have been successfully adopted by water companies in the Sofia region, Varna, Vratsa, Petrich, Velingrad and other locations. The service, developed in partnership with Cubico, provides monitoring and analysis of water consumption on an industrial scale, preventing water loss and offering cost savings for large enterprises and water utilities alike. A1 Bulgaria’s NB-IoT solution range also includes air control, waste management, intelligent lighting and smart parking, with the operator reporting back in March 2019 that several NB-IoT pilot projects were in full swing.

Vivo Empresas, Telefonica Brasil’s corporate unit, has expanded its IoT range for agribusiness, reports TeleSintese. The new ‘Vivo Maquinario Inteligente’ service provides telemetry and manages heavy vehicles such as tractors and harvesters, with benefits such as reducing fuel consumption and maintenance costs. Another new product, ‘Vivo Clima Inteligente’, connects weather stations to support Brazilian farmers in making decisions on crop management, planting and harvesting activities. New products were developed in conjunction with start-ups selected through Wayra – Vivo’s open innovation hub – and the Agro IoT Lab, an initiative between Vivo, Raizen, Esalq-USP and Ericsson.

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