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15 Dec 2022

US giant AT&T – which boasted more than 55 million wholesale connected cars on its network as of 3Q22 – has been selected to connect Polaris 2023 model off-road vehicles in North America through the RIDE COMMAND+ Plug-In Accessory device, enabling remote monitoring of key vehicle information through the Polaris app, including location services, vehicle health monitoring, route planning, group tracking features, GPS, messaging features and more. AT&T has also launched the ‘NumberSync for Connected Car’ plan initially for selected BMW models, which syncs the vehicle owner’s smartphone number with their car to use mobile data and make and receive unlimited hands-free calls on the go in the US even if their smartphone isn’t with them, while the plan also includes 5G access and unlimited in-car Wi-Fi.

Another US heavyweight T-Mobile, meanwhile, became the exclusive connectivity provider for VinFast smart electric vehicles in North America and Europe under a long-term, multi-million-dollar deal; vehicles under the agreement will have built-in capabilities such as remote vehicle services, streaming media and gaming on-the-go, safety features including live traffic information, Wi-Fi hotspot data, over the air firmware and software updates. Additionally, by leveraging T-Mobile’s IoT platform, VinFast will connect and manage the service and maintenance of millions of new electric vehicles worldwide, based on near real-time data, performance monitoring and remote notifications. T-Mobile also forged a new alliance with digital infrastructure firm Quantela to combine T-Mobile’s existing IoT assets and cellular connectivity with Quantela’s established smart city software and hardware solutions ‘to bring a more competitive IoT offering to the US market which will open the doors for accelerated city digitisation.’ Quantela’s NB-IoT street light controllers will be connected to T-Mobile’s nationwide network and managed through a Quantela software platform to offer customers reduced capital and maintenance costs, reduced energy consumption and expenses, and enable greater network security and coverage across the US versus LED lights without smart controls.

UK-based Wyld Networks has launched what it calls a pioneering satellite IoT network service delivering ‘100% global connectivity’ enabling IoT applications to be deployed across remote locations without the need for terrestrial connectivity using Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. Target markets include governments, utility and energy companies, agriculture and environmental projects, and goods/asset tracking on sea or land across global supply chains. Furthermore, Wyld says that Big Data platforms are hungry for the type of information that satellite IoT can deliver.

In the UAE, network operator Du has partnered Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ) and Derq, a provider of AI analytics solutions for road safety and connected vehicles, to develop 5G-powered smart city solutions. Du will pilot smart city solutions at the Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), a 100% government-owned ‘free zone’, utilising a 5G multi-access edge computing (MEC) platform and the Khazna Data Centre.

Russian mobile market leader MTS has transferred its IoT platform ‘MTS IoT Hub’ to its own software, and says it will ‘completely replace foreign solutions’, TelecomDaily reports. MTS IoT Hub is a PaaS platform with a ready-made set of microservices that enables creation of applications and solutions for many IoT verticals, industries and markets. In particular, MTS smart home systems and other NB-IoT-enabled devices are being developed on the platform. To date, more than 10,000 devices are already working on the ‘restarted’ platform. Pavel Voronin, First Vice President for Technology at MTS, said: ‘All NB-IoT and smart home devices released and preparing for launch will be connected to the updated platform. At the moment, we are focusing on connecting internal products, but next year we plan to expand to the entire external market for partner integrations.’ In its wider operations, MTS provides NB-IoT services for more than 76,000 business clients via a network spanning over 45,000 NB-IoT base stations across Russia, with plans to deploy over 10,000 additional stations during 2022-23.

Italian network operator WindTre signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global IoT solutions provider Telit to offer dedicated IoT services to large enterprises and public administrative organisations through the WindTre Business unit. The partnership will leverage WindTre’s infrastructure combined with Telit’s comprehensive portfolio of specialised IoT products.

South Korea’s KT Corp is partnering US-based AI/edge computing firm Blaize on technical development of ‘Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT)’ edge devices for autonomous vehicles, robots and mobility AI vision surveillance management in the Korean market.

Scandinavian telco Telenor has announced the milestone of 20 million IoT SIM cards connected by its networks, which it says ranks it among the top three IoT operators in Europe. Mats Lundquist, CEO of Telenor Connexion and Head of Telenor IoT, commented: ‘The surge in demand for connectivity from Telenor IoT customers is very positive, and only a ripple of what is happening on a global scale. Smart product and sensor manufacturers need to be assessing and updating their technology for a wave of development that is already happening around us. We look forward to continuing to facilitate the growth of our customers via an extended global network and new technological advancements in the coming years.’

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Italy, Norway, Russia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, AT&T Communications, Du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunication Company, EITC), KT Corp, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), T-Mobile US, Telenor Connexion, Telenor Group, Telit, WINDTRE, Wyld Networks

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