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8 Oct 2020

Vodafone Czech Republic is launching an autonomous vehicle testing programme in Usti nad Labem under the ‘U Smart Zone’ banner to explore possibilities of 5G connectivity in a real city environment, via cooperation with partners including the Ministry of Industry & Trade and the Ministry of Regional Development. CEO Petr Dvorak said: ‘Today marks the culmination of our almost one-year cooperation in the preparation of the 5G project for the city of Usti nad Labem, where we are a key telecommunications partner. Usti nad Labem is one of the five cities in the Czech Republic where we are launching a fifth-generation network and at the same time the first city to test remotely controlled vehicles in a real environment.’ Other 5G/IoT projects in the city are expected to involve mobility, healthcare, the environment and energy.

Telia Sweden and Ericsson have showcased a self-driving electric bus in Stockholm as part of a project looking at how to safely introduce the autonomous vehicles in urban areas. Jenny Lindqvist, vice president at Ericsson, told Reuters: ‘From the technology point of view, it’s all there, it’s all ready. There are other factors that are outside of Ericsson’s control… in terms of regulations and how the vehicle manufacturers produce the vehicles.’

Portugal’s Nos has launched its first consumer NB-IoT service tariffs, designed for use with devices such as locators, alarms and others, with connectivity management via the Nos App which gives users alerts and service communications and enables them to add credit, pay bills and request help, among other features. Tariffs are available pre-paid, post-paid or included in packages with no associated loyalty period. The range includes tracking/monitoring packages with specialised accessories for children, seniors, pets and objects.

Orange Belgium has partnered Tuya Smart to expand the operator’s range of IoT smart home products. The companies are jointly promoting the connected home concept with a range including smart sockets, light bulbs and IP cameras, manufactured by Konyks, connected and controlled by the new Orange Smart Home mobile App which was developed using the Tuya platform. Through the IoT platform, users only need one app to control all categories of home appliances simultaneously, e.g. lighting, power, cameras, door locks, etc.

Bite Lithuania has won a tender from US-based iTraq to provide around 100,000 devices with IoT services, reports BalticNewsDesk. iTraq is a producer of devices used by logistics companies to track vehicles and freight across the US, Canada, Mexico and other neighbouring states. Bite Lithuania recently activated an LTE Cat-M1 IoT roaming service in the US; more than 10,000 SIMs from Bite are already used on devices from iTraq, and the number is expected to increase to 100,000 in 2022.

Thailand’s DTAC Business has announced the launch of several new ‘worry free’ solutions to support enterprises in developing their digitalisation strategies in 2020’s challenging and uncertain business climate. The new services cover three main areas: mobility solutions (‘WorryFree SIM’ – simple packages with zero hidden fees for unlimited connectivity’); IoT solutions (‘future-ready solutions to cut costs, decrease delivery times and remain competitive in an increasingly digital market’); and ‘Smart Connect’ (‘a turnkey cloud solution to enable remote work, boost collaboration and heighten security’). These solutions are integrated with DTAC’s managed IoT cloud platform and 4G IoT SIM connectivity.

Telecommunications infrastructure operator Cellnex Telecom and IoT connectivity service provider Everynet have signed an agreement to jointly promote the rollout of LoRaWAN IoT networks in Italy, the UK and Ireland. The networks will build upon Cellnex’s existing extensive infrastructure in the three countries, utilising Everynet’s carrier-grade secure IoT network solutions. Multiple IoT solutions will be deployed in areas including Industry 4.0 (e.g. tracking/monitoring assets throughout their supply chain) and Smart Cities (optimising the use of public highways and urban space, including Smart Parking) as well as creating a platform for trial and experimental uses that will allow the development of the ecosystem with future applications.

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