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16 Sep 2022

Mobile operator Bite Lithuania is providing IoT network connectivity for a nationwide smart electricity metering rollout being implemented by national power company ESO in partnership with Sagemcom and Siemens. Around 1.2 million electric meters will be replaced with next-generation smart devices in 2022/23 – including all Lithuanian business customers and higher-usage residents, and the project targets complete nationwide meter replacement in 2024. Bite also reported that both NB-IoT and LTE-M (Cat-M) IoT technologies will be used for connecting the smart meters. Bite’s General Director Pranas Kuisys declared: ‘The project is important … for the whole of Lithuania, because … NB-IoT and LTE Cat-M will start operating in practically the entire territory of the country.’

Vodafone New Zealand has partnered Digital Matter, a specialist in GPS and IoT asset tracking hardware and software, to offer end-to-end IoT asset tracking solutions for NZ businesses. Vodafone NZ has bundled several of Digital Matter’s battery-powered IoT asset tracking devices and white-label asset tracking software with its LTE-M (Cat-M) and NB-IoT connectivity and in-house technical support as a fully managed, end-to-end asset management solution.

Ukrainian mobile operator Kyivstar has implemented NB-IoT-based smart water metering for the water management company Rivneoblvodokanal in the city of Kvasylov, Rivne region, in partnership with meter manufacturer Sensus and remote monitoring device provider Radmirtech. A press release says that smart technologies help save money, support quick response to accidents, prevent large losses of resources and provide accurate real-time monitoring/accounting information, with great potential for such solutions in water, gas, electric, thermal energy, oil products, chemical industries and others where there is a need for accurate regular measurements, as well as for environmental projects.

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has started issuing five-year renewable IoT licences using LPWAN bands 433.05MHz-434.79MHz and 920MHz-925MHz, with four companies – Noby Solutions, IoT Technologies, LCC Pakistan and WeatherWalay – granted the first batch of permits. Licensees are obliged to report any network expansions to PTA, including the installation or addition of LPWAN Gateways. The move follows the PTA’s publication of its IoT regulatory framework in February.

The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has permitted government-backed Nepal Telecom to sell and distribute M2M/IoT SIM cards with a new dedicated number range, having previously ordered the telco to cease selling the SIMs last year. A report from says that the ban had caused revenue losses ‘in millions’ as the operator missed out on connecting ‘a possible 400 M2M/IoT SIM cards every day.’ Nepal Telecom representative Ranjit Lohiya confirmed that the company was resuming offering SIMs for device-to-device operations using a special number range as per the National Numbering Plan. The report added that Nepal Telecom had previously ’sold over 70,000 M2M SIM cards.’

US-based Rajant, the developer of Kinetic Mesh wireless networking, BreadCrumb wireless nodes and InstaMesh networking software, has teamed up with Australian-based FTP Solutions to advance the autonomous mining sector. FTP Solutions’ Integrated Management System (IMS) is used by over 270 mines globally to oversee their operations, while Rajant’s M2M solutions currently support over 40 autonomous mines.

5G IoT satellite operator OQ Technology has closed a EUR13 million (USD12.98 million) funding round led by Wa’ed Ventures, the venture capital arm of Saudi oil firm Aramco and Phaistos Investment Fund, managed by 5G Ventures in Greece. OQ Technology will use the funds to further develop its technology solutions, acquire more spectrum licences, and grow its 5G IoT satellite constellation, which provides real-time data processing for IoT/M2M applications in remote and rural areas. Applications can range from wellhead monitoring, SCADA system, asset tracking, drone control, vehicle telematics and smart cars to AI, mining, defence, and automated transport. Earlier this year, OQ Technology launched its third satellite mission Tiger-3 and plans further launches soon.

Portuguese network operator Nos participated in a 5G autonomous and connected driving demo in a real-life environment on the Valenca-Tui International Bridge, as part of the 5G-MOBIX project involving 58 partners from 13 countries.

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