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24 Jun 2021

Everynet is launching its LoRaWAN IoT network in the US, with a first-phase rollout including the top 36 metropolitan areas and key logistics corridors across the country, expected to go live by the end of 2021, reports Everynet will operate as a neutral-host, enabling mobile network operators, MVNOs, application service providers, managed service providers and ISPs to offer carrier grade Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) IoT services to their customers. Everynet will utilise the infrastructure of Crown Castle which includes more than 40,000 cell towers and nearly 80,000 fibre route miles. Everynet networks are live in Brazil, Indonesia, Spain, the UK, Italy, Puerto Rico, Ireland and Iceland, while Everynet participates in the LoRa Alliance global association that offers roaming to at least 27 countries.

Libyan Telecommunications and Information Technology Company (LPTIC) chairman Faisel Gergab announced that the Egyptian government has agreed to partner Libya to establish smart cities in Benghazi and Tripoli by the end of this year, reports The development followed on from recent agreements between the two countries regarding communications and technology (see CommsUpdate, 27 April 2021). ‘It was agreed to establish a Libyan-Egyptian company to be concerned with setting the necessary initiatives for digital transformation in Libya, and laying the foundations for Libyan-Egyptian investment programmes in the field of technology industry and localisation,’ the Libyan official disclosed.

Jersey-based JT Group has agreed to sell a majority stake in its IoT division to private equity investor Perwyn, with JT to retain a minority stake in the unit, which will remain headquartered in Jersey, reports Comms Business. JT chairman Phil Male said: ‘This sale not only shows the vast potential and value of Jersey’s digital sector, but also demonstrates that within Jersey we have both the human talent and the funding to enable and build globally successful digital businesses.’ JT currently has around ten million active connected SIMs worldwide.

Telia Sweden has collaborated with Ekobot, research institute RISE and video tech provider Axis Communications in smart precision agriculture trials utilising Ekobot’s autonomous robots connected to Telia’s 5G network. Pilots involved remotely monitoring AI-driven weeding robots at a farm in Brunnby Gard, Vasteras.

Swisscom is utilising the TECOCO AirborneRF solution to enable the commercial deployment and monetisation of drones over its cellular network. The project aims to enable new operational use cases, such as the use of drones in emergency scenarios, in industrial inspections, in search and rescue, or in logistics. Manfred Bacher, Drone Solutions Lead at Swisscom, said: ‘We are now focused on ensuring that drone ecosystem partners have access to the required live data for safe future drone operations, and are able to leverage our network to unlock new use cases.’

Sierra Wireless reported that its EM9190 and EM9191 5G Sub-6/LTE NR embedded IoT modules have completed interoperability testing on the Japanese 5G network of NTT DOCOMO, enabling customers to commercially deploy a range of devices on the 5G network for live video streaming, video security, high-definition cloud-based video gaming, extended reality (XR), robotics and other next generation IoT applications.

The B2B division of Beeline Russia has launched femtocells with NB-IoT support in partnership with Nokia, TDaily reported. The 1800MHz-based solution will be available to all Beeline B2B customers using femtocells with LTE support, the company said. The new product is aimed at operating automation systems at enterprises or remote sites, with the mining, processing, fuel/energy, heavy industry and housing/communal sectors all showing high levels of interest in automation capabilities, Beeline added.

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