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4 Mar 2021

LoRaWAN network provider Everynet has partnered Actility to provide seamless integration between Everynet’s carrier-grade national networks and Actility’s IoT platforms via the ThingPark Exchange LoRaWAN peering hub, which currently connects 20 LoRaWAN networks worldwide – a total which is expected to grow rapidly – facilitating the activation of devices in any country for solution providers with a global footprint. Everynet’s neutral-host LoRaWAN networks cover countries including Brazil, Puerto Rico, Indonesia, Italy, the UK, Spain and others, while Actility’s IoT platform already powers the majority – over 50 – of public nationwide LoRaWAN deployments across the globe. The collaboration will grant Actility’s existing and future clients access to the public and extended coverage in all territories where Everynet is present.

Deutsche Telekom (DT) reports that it now provides NB-IoT roaming across 20 countries including the US, via roaming agreements with Vodafone, Telia Company, Orange Group, Telenet (Belgium), Swisscom, Telecom Italia and T-Mobile US. LTE-M connectivity is also available from DT in ten countries in Europe and elsewhere via roaming agreements with operators including AT&T (US) and NTT DOCOMO (Japan). Dennis Nikles, CCO, DT IoT, said: ‘With the new network technologies, the Internet of Things is growing even faster. Almost unlimited possible uses offer advantages for industry and everyday life. Availability around the world is essential, also for stable supply chains. To this end, we are quickly entering into further roaming partnerships, including beyond Europe.’ Furthermore, DT has entered a partnership with The Things Industries (TTI), a global LoRaWAN network provider. Pre-configured LoRaWAN gateways communicate with the TTI device and data platform via LTE-M; the use of LTE-M reduces the costs compared to 2G, 3G or LTE with inexpensive hardware and low usage costs; the gateways optionally support LoRa 2.4GHz for global use.

Saudi Arabia’s Integrated Telecom Company (ITC) has begun a project with Huawei to implement its ‘second phase 5G infrastructure expansion’ through the addition of 1,000 new broadband fixed-wireless access (BFWA) network sites, which the operator says will support IoT development, enabling solutions for smart homes, offices and public spaces. As reported by TradeArabia, ITC is focused on the digital transformation of industry verticals such as oil and gas, education, healthcare, IoT, gaming and entertainment, while its build-out of 5G BFWA technology will enable high speed access for businesses, government organisations and residents in areas where fibre coverage is lacking.

Sweden’s Telia Company has announced the continuation of the ‘5G Ride’ self-driving 5G-connected vehicle programme with partners including Urban ICT Arena, Ericsson, Intel, Keolis and T-Engineering, after the project won additional funding. Telia says the next phase of 5G Ride will further develop the ‘connected control tower solution’ to mitigate driving difficulties, plan routes and schedules better and act more swiftly when problems arise. Magnus Leonhardt, Head of Innovation at Telia Sweden, declared: ‘A robust and secure digital infrastructure based on 5G, which connects the control tower with vehicle fleets, is critical to realise a sustainable electric transport system based on self-driving technology.’ Telia adds that autonomous 5G driving technology combined with vehicle electrification will play an important role in a sustainable transport system that can help achieve the Paris Agreement climate goals.

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