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9 Dec 2021

Telecoms groups TIM, Telefonica and BT have teamed up with technology partners for a live roaming trial of 5G connected car technology in Turin, Italy. New driver and pedestrian safety technology was piloted allowing near-real-time notification of roadway hazards through 5G-Edge networks, as part of a series of trials organised by the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA). Daniele Franceschini, TIM VP of Innovation, Standard and Portfolio, said: ‘The federation model implemented with our partners enables a continuum between Edge Cloud instances allowing players from the automotive industry and beyond to benefit from a seamless cloud experience across country boundaries.’

Nokia announced its latest private 5G Standalone (SA) network project with Volkswagen at the car maker’s main plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. The industrial-grade private campus network uses the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) solution to provide reliable, secure, ‘real-time’ low-latency connectivity and enable Volkswagen to trial new smart factory use cases, with connectivity for sensors, machines, vehicles and other equipment. Initial use cases include wireless upload of data to manufactured vehicles and intelligent networking of robots and wireless assembly tools. The deployment also ensures that all data remains on the campus, processed at the network edge in real time. The network operates in the dedicated 3.7GHz-3.8GHz band for local private wireless networks, that Volkswagen was allocated by the Federal Network Agency.

Everynet has expanded its LoRaWAN IoT network to seven additional US cities including Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Tampa, Houston, Nashville, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis. These cities join Phoenix, Austin, Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte and Portland in the LoRaWAN footprint, which Everynet is in the process of expanding to the top 36 metropolitan areas in phase one of its US national rollout.

Japan’s Rakuten Mobile and the University of Tokyo have begun a joint research and development project entitled ‘IoT ultra coverage utilising low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites’ under the ‘Beyond 5G R&D Promotion Project’ backed by the National Institute of ICT. The R&D is aimed at using satellite communications to expand geographical IoT coverage to ‘100%’.

In Spain, Telefonica announced it is launching an industrial 5G service range via its Telefonica Tech division in January 2022, aimed at large companies and the public sector. Services will include 5G-powered robots, drones and remote assistance equipment designed to take advantage of the company’s in-deployment 5G Standalone (SA) network.

In Sweden, Tele2 IoT is providing connectivity to Elonroad, which has developed technology for electric roads whereby electric vehicles can be charged while driving. The solution consists of a rail integrated with the road, and will use 2CONTROL, Tele2 IoT’s platform for managing connected devices. Elonroad’s service includes an integrated control system for individual measurement of each vehicle’s usage and can also analyse road conditions and potential hazards.

The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has released its ‘Draft Regulatory Framework for IoT/M2M Communication’ for public consultation alongside an IoT/M2M numbering plan. The framework categorises IoT/M2M services as ‘Indoor’ (wired or wireless networks not connected to the internet or intranet) and ‘Outdoor’ (requiring internet/intranet connection), with only the latter requiring a licence from the NTA. Cellular IoT spectrum is allocated for Mobile Service and Basic Telecommunications Service licensees, and IoT operators are further categorised as: Telecom Service Providers, Network Service Providers, ISPs and specialised Authorised IoT/M2M Service Providers. Conditions are also set out for usage of non-cellular licence-exempt spectrum bands for IoT. The framework also addresses data security and privacy issues.

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