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21 Jul 2022

Spanish telecoms group Telefonica, through its Telefonica Tech and Telefonica Global Solutions (TGS) divisions, is testing solutions from Sateliot to develop ‘an innovative dual 5G NB-IoT connectivity service that integrates the satellite network with existing terrestrial networks to provide IoT connectivity wherever the customer needs it.’ Sateliot says the new service would extend the coverage of current terrestrial NB-IoT networks to remote areas providing connectivity over 100% of the territory and would be compatible with current NB-IoT devices available on the market. The first pre-commercial customer pilots are planned for the end of the year.

JT IoT, the Jersey-based global IoT player backed by Perwyn, has announced a partnership with learnd to empower more efficient and sustainable building management by combining learnd’s Open Data Platform with JT IoT’s global connectivity, enabling building engineers and experts to gain enhanced real-time data from all data sources with smart building monitoring within each estate regardless of the location worldwide. Also of note, JT IoT has recently bought Top Connect, an international MVNO and global roaming provider based in Estonia, a move which the group says will ‘accelerate JT IoT’s plan to build a stronger global IoT ecosystem and to expand into new markets and use cases.’

UK MVNO Mobius Networks, which provides data connectivity services for IoT and M2M applications across sectors including healthcare, transport, critical infrastructure and retail, has been sold by NVM Private Equity to global connectivity platform provider Wireless Logic for an undisclosed price. Mobius was founded in 2004 and was bought by NVM in October 2019. New owner Wireless Logic also recently acquired UK mobile data company Jola, a takeover aimed at consolidating the group’s routes-to-market in the UK and beyond. Jola describes itself as a global eSIM MVNO providing innovative IoT and mobile data solutions to MSPs, ISPs, IT support companies and telecommunications resellers.

TIM Brasil reached 94.4% national population coverage and 4,261 municipalities with its NB-IoT network at end-June 2022, adding 34 municipalities that month, according to local consultancy Teleco. The other Brazilian NB-IoT provider, Claro, served 37 municipalities (unchanged that month) with 20.7% population coverage. TIM Brasil last week reported implementing the Telit deviceWise IoT platform, while in other Brazil news, vehicle maker Hyundai reported 80,000 LTE-connected cars in the country, with local cellco Vivo, via its B2B division Vivo Empresas, reportedly the first to provide M2M connectivity for the Bluelink on-board eSIM/IoT system of Hyundai’s latest HB20 car model.

Etisalat UAE has partnered Lenovo to launch a ‘5G Edge-in-a-Box’ solution for deployment in smart cities, mobility, manufacturing, industry 4.0, short-term events, exhibitions, private safety, public safety services, gaming, content delivery, augmented reality, outdoor locations, and other scenarios. 5G Edge-in-a-Box includes hardware infrastructure and software components, as well as automated deployment and management, to cover all aspects of an advanced edge orchestration platform (NFV, Applications, MEC), meet day-to-day network operational requirements, and alleviate the pain points associated with deploying and managing localised connectivity. Alaa Bawab of Lenovo said: ‘We are seeing a huge increase in demand for 5G connectivity from new deployment scenarios, such as smart city systems, industrial IoT, camera networks, and from temporary events and remote sites such as outdoor events. Traditionally, it has been difficult for telcos to provide the extra connectivity to meet these demands, requiring investment in infrastructure and capacity. With the 5G Edge-in-a-Box solution, however, we are able to provide rapid connectivity, complete with automated deployment and management, that will make connecting to the power of 5G networks much faster, easier and more cost effective.’

Network operator Masmovil has joined Renault and others in the ‘R3CAV’ 5G connected vehicle development project which is underway in two Spanish cities, forming part of Spain’s EU-funded Recovery, Transformation & Resilience Plan. Other collaborators on the R3CAV project include bus group ALSA, transport solutions provider Indra, AI company Sigma, technology firm GMV and electronics manufacturer Masermic. Masmovil’s focus areas include designing the architecture of mobility services, developing a dynamic connectivity platform, optimising technologies of 5G heterogeneous connectivity and providing cybersecurity capabilities in-vehicle and related infrastructure.

Inmarsat and satellite IoT solutions developer hiSky have completed compatibility testing of the former’s Global Xpress (GX) network with the latter’s Smartellite terminals. The partnership aims to utilise Inmarsat’s geostationary (GEO) Ka-band capabilities to provide a low-cost, high-value offering to hiSky’s IoT customers in enterprise sectors including agriculture, transport, mining, energy and utilities across selected territories. Testing involved ‘high-speed and reliable signals being received by ground infrastructure in Scotland and transferring throughout hiSky’s IoT network offering’ enabling ‘the successful running of IoT devices, as well as voice calls and messaging for both mobile and static enterprise assets.’

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