IoT carrier 1NCE announced the doubling of its international NB-IoT footprint, expanding to the US, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and Taiwan. Additionally, 1NCE, which boasts backers including Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank, extended its cellular 2G, 3G and 4G coverage to more than 20 new global destinations, which lifts the company’s total IoT footprint to 140 countries. 1NCE continues to offer a uniform cross-border flat-rate price of EUR10 per SIM for ten years including 500MB of data and 250 SMS. More than 8,500 customers worldwide currently use 1NCE, with over ten million managed connections.
Russian mobile operator MTS has announced that its NB-IoT network is now available in all of the regions where the company has a network presence. MTS disclosed that NB-IoT now covers ‘over 90% of potential users’ via more than 45,000 base stations, the number of which increased by 14% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022, while in 2022-23 it intends to deploy NB-IoT at a further 10,000 base stations across Russia, including in hard-to-reach areas. The MTS NB-IoT network currently provides services for ‘more than 76,000 business clients, including large resource-supplying organisations, utilities and smart device manufacturers.’ The firm says it aims to be a key provider of IoT services for energy, industrial, agricultural companies, as well as large federal smart city projects.
In Japan, SoftBank is partnering US-based May Mobility to develop autonomous driving services utilising SoftBank’s 5G network. May Mobility is providing autonomous vehicle services equipped with its proprietary Autonomous Driving Kit (ADK) in nine cities in North America and Japan.
Croatian network operator Hrvatski Telekom has implemented a pilot smart project for Djakovo Waterworks using NB-IoT technology and the ‘ComWater’ data collection, analysis and visualisation system developed in-house by the telco.
The IoT division of Norwegian telecoms group Telenor has sealed an agreement with Finnish smart meter sensor provider Aidon to connect the latter’s smart energy devices. Aidon currently has around four million such devices active in Nordic countries, while Telenor IoT’s press release said the joint project is among the first to provide ‘an industrial implementation for GSMA eSIM SGP.31 standard, enabling remote operator change.’
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