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7 Apr 2022

BH Telecom announced the launch of commercial NB-IoT services over an 800MHz guard-band network in Bosnia-Herzegovina on 1 April, under the ‘NB-IoT Connectivity’ banner. The operator’s NB-IoT services are aimed at business users who need to connect IoT devices for data transmission in locations including remote places and hard-to-reach premises such as underground garages or basements, with a press release highlighting NB-IoT’s advantages including extreme signal penetration, low battery consumption, reliability of service, high security and economy, while noting that ‘user devices can only be in fixed locations.’ BH Telecom’s website lists prices for NB-IoT service activation and per-SIM monthly fees, in categories of ‘one to 50’, ’51 to 100’, ‘101 to 200’ and ‘201-plus’ SIM cards, while additional connectivity options are offered including ‘fixed connection’, mobile network, MPLS, ‘IPsec protocol’ and connection with the BH Telecom data Centre. Monthly fees for each SIM include 1MB of free traffic for data transfer within the BH Mobile network.

Car manufacturer BMW reported this week that it has 70,000 connected vehicles in Brazil. Since December 2016, 100% of the models manufactured by the brand in the country have an integrated SIM card, Teletime reports. The amount of data generated per vehicle in February 2020 (40MB) grew by more than 100% to 84MB in February 2022. Functions such as image and video transmission from the vehicle and remote operating software updates were highlighted as new connectivity-enabled applications. Globally, the German-based manufacturer has more than 2.5 million connected BMW cars.

Saudi Telecom Company (stc) has signed a Joint Venture Agreement with its majority owner, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign Public Investment Fund (PIF), to establish a limited liability company (‘the New Company’) in the field of IoT. A press release stated that the New Company’s business is in line with the expected growth and increasing demand for Internet of Things services and products, aligning with stc’s growth strategy, and Saudi Arabia’s ‘Vision 2030’ for a connected nation. The New Company will be headquartered in Saudi Arabia. The start-up’s capital will amount to SAR492 million (USD131 million) upon establishment (with an option to raise this to SAR900 million), with 50% ownership for both stc and PIF. stc will finance its share of the investment from its own resources.

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