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5 Aug 2021

Vodafone New Zealand says its NB-IoT network will reach more than 60% geographical coverage of the country within three years as its regional investment programme continues and Rural Broadband Initiative 2 (RBI2) reaches completion. Vodafone already boasts extensive IoT coverage on both NB-IoT and LTE-M (Cat-M) networks, and its wholesale & infrastructure director Tony Baird notes: ‘We’re seeing increasing numbers of New Zealand businesses expand their IoT strategies and bring more connected devices and sensors into their operations to maximise productivity, particularly within the agriculture sector as a key growth engine of our economy. We’re pleased the RBI2 rollout on Cat-M is now live to complement Cat-M on the Vodafone network, and NB-IoT network expansion plans also continue to progress well.’ The company currently claims the country’s largest NB-IoT coverage – spanning at least 97.5% of the population and roughly 50% land area – and says that its 60% territorial footprint target will ‘provide IoT coverage to the vast majority of our agricultural and productive land.’ In regional rollouts, this week Vodafone reached over 60% geographic coverage for IoT devices in the Manawatu-Whanganui region.

Greece’s Cosmote has disclosed details of its latest NB-IoT projects. In Monemvasia (in Laconia region) it installed smart meters in the municipal water supply network enabling accurate, real-time remote monitoring and management of supply and consumption to achieve resource/energy/cost savings, stabilisation of water pressure, quality control and leak detection. The operator claims that its Smart Water Management (based on the ARTEMIS-water solution) is the first NB-IoT water metering service in Greece. Cosmote also implemented an NB-IoT Smart Parking solution for disabled people in Chania (Crete) utilising sensors to inform drivers of parking space information via a mobile app which also automatically certifies their entitlement to a space. Cosmote’s NB-IoT network now boasts over 98% population coverage of Greece, up from the 96.9% figure it claimed in Q3 2019.

Brazilian cellco TIM Brasil is partnering logistics/security provider Getrak to offer an NB-IoT connected vehicle tracker solution. The partners highlight that their tests demonstrated the NB-IoT tracking solution’s superiority in coverage and other performance measurements compared to 2G M2M technology.

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