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14 Jan 2021

Sigfox Ukraine has been announced as the newly-formed exclusive connectivity provider of Sigfox ‘0G’ IoT services in the eastern European country, working in partnership with local company Utilix.one. The venture plans to create a national Sigfox 0G network covering 85% of Ukraine’s population, large industrial sites and logistics hubs. Glen Robinson, SVP Global Sales & Marketing at Sigfox, said: ‘Ukraine is the third largest supplier of agricultural products [in Europe] and the second largest supplier of eco products. With the launch of the Sigfox 0G network in Ukraine we enable end-to-end supply chain and logistics visibility across Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and many other European countries with a Sigfox network. This strengthens the value of Sigfox services for our multinational customers.’ CEO of Sigfox Ukraine, Dmytro Ozerov, added: ‘We saw a significant demand for Sigfox solutions in utilities, transport and logistics, public sector, agriculture and real estate development. We have designed our network deployment plan based on the population coverage and project purposes. At the same time, we are fully customer-oriented company and able to boost our network deployment if we get requests from other market segments.’

Also in Ukraine, leading cellco Kyivstar launched a pilot project with Kherson Vodokanal based on NB-IoT technology supporting automated collection, accounting and processing of data from water supply sensors in apartment buildings in the city of Kherson, and declared that the partners are ready to implement a full-scale project. The plan involves installing in-house water metering units with remote data transmission in all 1,700 apartment buildings in the city. Ilya Polshakov, Kyivstar’s Director of New Business Development, commented: ‘Industrial IoT remains a strategic direction for us, which continues to be driven by the development of the 4G communication standard. We see that energy suppliers are willing to take an interest in network technology for smart meters, because they understand that this solution can help to rationally use the company’s resources and minimise production losses.’

Meanwhile in Russia, ComNews reports that the development of the Russian version of the LoRaWAN IoT standard has entered its final stage. In Q1 2021 the ‘preliminary’ standard of LoRaWAN RU will be released by standards regulator Rosstandart, and after three years (in 2024) it will attain the status of a ‘permanent’ standard. Two other Russian national IoT standards have been released so far, namely: NB-Fi (made a preliminary national standard in February 2019, in participation with domestic developer Telematic Solutions [WAVIoT]); and OpenUNB (Open Ultra-Narrowband, submitted for public consultation in July 2019 ahead of preliminary adoption expected in 2021, with corresponding equipment manufactured by GoodWAN). Elsewhere, Russia’s State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF) has supported a proposal of the Association of the Internet of Things in postponing a deadline for the mandatory installation of new domestically-manufactured IoT base stations by one year to December 2021.

The CEO of Mobile Communication Company of Iran (MCI) recently met with the Chairman of Parliament’s Energy Commission and stated that the cellco is ready to provide subscribers with smart energy metering services in cooperation with state-owned organisations and relevant ministry departments, Tehran Times reported. MCI also revealed plans to implement projects on ‘strategic management in public transportation’.

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