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28 Jan 2021

US telecoms giant AT&T reported 80.77 million ‘connected devices’ on its cellular network at 31 December 2020, up by 4.81 million in the fourth quarter, and an increase of 22.4% from 65.99 million at end-2019. AT&T also disclosed that around 3.20 million, or 66.5%, of the Q4 net additions ‘were primarily attributable to wholesale connected cars’. Total connected device net additions for full-year 2020 were similar to 2019 – up by 1.0% from 14.65 million to 14.79 million.

BICS – the international wholesale arm of Belgium’s Proximus – has collaborated with French mobile operator Altice France (SFR) to expand the global coverage of its NB-IoT connectivity. BICS announced that the expansion will bolster its ability to directly embed 2G, 3G, 4G, NB-IoT and LTE-M/Cat-M1 connectivity in the devices of OEMs and IoT players via the BICS ‘SIM for Things’ IoT global solution. BICS’ network connects IoT devices with 2G, 3G and 4G to more than 700 global mobile operators, and currently has NB-IoT/LTE-M network roaming coverage in 30 countries. Via BICS’ eSIM solution, manufacturers can embed connectivity and switch networks on-demand.

Singapore-based cellco M1, Continental Automotive Singapore and JTC are partnering to conduct 5G standalone (SA) autonomous transport system trials for Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs), supported by telecoms regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). The partnership will explore the operations of 5G-enabled AMRs in a live environment, based on newly developed network and infrastructure solutions for consumers, as well as enhance construction safety using analytics. M1, Continental and JTC say they will create the infrastructure and deep dive into the operations of AMRs for last mile delivery of goods and food, to support the burgeoning growth of e-commerce and drive Singapore’s progress as a global innovation hub for connected mobility.

The LoRa Alliance reports that full LoRaWAN roaming capabilities are now available in 27 countries around the world, as well as via satellite, while public and private LoRaWAN networks are active in a total of more than 160 countries (up from 157 reported in July 2020). LoRaWAN full roaming covers mobile and fixed assets of multinational customers whose devices leverage the radio coverage from roaming partners across multiple countries. In addition to public-to-public network peering, LoRaWAN’s roaming capabilities also support public-to-private and private-to-private network peering. The list of full roaming operators is: 3S (Tunisia); A2A (Italy); Charter Communications (US); Connexin (UK); Ceske Radiokomunikace (Czech Republic); ER-Telecom (Russia); Everynet (Brazil, with American Tower Brasil, Indonesia, with Telkom Indonesia, Iceland, with Lysir, UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Mexico); Digita (Finland); Komro (Germany); KPN (Netherlands); Lyse (Norway); Minol-ZENNER (Germany); MIOT Melita.io Technology (Germany); Netmore in Sweden; NNNCo in Australia; Objenious by Bouygues Telecom in France; Orange (France); Pingday in Sweden; Proximus (Belgium and Luxembourg); Senet in the US; SenRa in India; Swisscom (Switzerland); Telekom Srbija (Serbia); VTC Digicom (Vietnam); Actility Roaming Hub (interconnecting 20 networks for roaming); and Lacuna Space (LoRaWAN satellite company enabling integrated terrestrial and satellite networks, providing coverage to remote areas).

SmarTone and Route 3 have implemented Hong Kong’s first ‘5G Smart Transport Safety Monitoring System’, combining SmarTone’s 5G network, IoT motion detection cameras, machine learning, AI analytics, cloud-based video analytics platforms and other cutting-edge technologies, enabling high-speed footage transmission from the Tai Lam Tunnel to a control room. SmarTone says the system enables ‘instant detection and identification of jaywalkers, triggering real-time alerts to safeguard road users and improve the tunnel’s traffic safety and operational efficiency.’ Head of Business Markets, Daniel Leung, said: ‘5G plays a pivotal role in the development of Smart Mobility, which is one of the key components for Smart City … 5G will bring infinite possibilities to daily life and business operations.’

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