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3 Nov 2022

SoftBank Corp has introduced the 1NCE IoT Flat Rate low-bandwidth connectivity service for enterprise customers in Japan under an exclusivity agreement. For a one-time payment of JPY2,200 (USD14.86) including tax, IoT connectivity is available for ten years including 500MB data per connection. At no additional cost, 1NCE IoT Flat Rate customers can also roam on 1NCE’s global network of more than 140 countries and regions.

Software AG and Impulse announced the launch of a Kuwait-based IoT platform leveraging Software AG’s Cumulocity IoT technologies, in partnership with Vision Valley. The partners highlighted that use cases including smart cities, smart facilities, asset tracking, waste management, energy consumption, healthcare and many more can be developed using the in-country IoT platform. Yaser Nasif of Software AG said: ‘As we launch Kuwait’s first IoT platform along with Impulse, we aim to play a strong role in Kuwait’s vision 2035 through the implementation of smart and digital technologies such as IoT to drive the economy and elevate quality of life.’

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and IT Commission (CITC) has extended the deadline for public comments on its ‘Roadmap for 5.9GHz for Vehicle to Everything Communications (V2X)’ to 15 November 2022 to ensure all stakeholders have sufficient time to provide input. The CITC’s document addresses matters related to V2X including: technology standards, network deployment methods, spectrum requirements in the 5.9GHz band, market availability for equipment, and international implementation of V2X. In addition, the document asks for input on how to regulate V2X from eligibility and licensing points of view in the Kingdom.

In the US, LimnoTech is partnering Senet to deploy a public LoRaWAN IoT network across the Great Lakes region. LimnoTech and subsidiary Freeboard Technology are using Senet’s Radio Access Network (RAN) Provider Services including a full suite of tools for network and site planning, gateway procurement and deployment, and RAN management through Senet’s cloud-based RAN Provider Portal. The project will provide connectivity across area wetlands, parks, coastlines, rural and urban areas, and open waters. The effort is part of a broader rollout of the Cleveland Water Alliance (CWA) Smart Lake Erie Watershed initiative, a state and federally funded programme to monitor and manage area waterways (involving the use of environmental monitoring sensors) and provide opportunities for area businesses, cities, and universities to accelerate water technology development. LimnoTech will also participate in Senet’s Low Power Wide Area Virtual Network (LVN), contributing to the unified carrier-grade LoRaWAN connectivity service managed by Senet across the US.

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica’s digital business division Telefonica Tech has partnered preventive security tech specialist Livall to introduce the latter’s ‘Neo’ smart connected helmets to its product portfolio and market what it calls ‘the first IoT-connected smart helmet on a global scale.’ Telefonica Tech will provide IoT services for global connectivity via 2G, 3G, LTE, LTE-M and/or NB-IoT in each country of usage, plus its ‘Kite Platform’ managed connectivity platform solution.

Japan’s NTT Com has revealed that a newly developed ‘Network Edge Solution’ incorporating network edge technology for connected vehicles and robots will be made available for certain corporate clients in December 2022, with the company looking to recruit clients who can demonstrate the new solution at their business sites, The Fast Mode reports. NTT plans to enhance the new functions based on feedback from participating clients, with full-scale services targeted in FY2023 to enhance the performance of mobile IoT devices.

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