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Telia Norway and Huawei announced on December 16, 2016, the first commercial Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in the Nordics and the first commercial smart agriculture solution worldwide based on NB-IoT technology.
“This is the start of the rollout of a technology that represents a new industrial revolution. It also marks the beginning of a journey where Telia moves from being a pure mobile operator to becoming a modern technology company and a digital enabler in society,” said Abraham Foss, CEO of Telia Norway.
“What we witnessed today is only the beginning of the IoT era in Norway, where sensors are being used to connect society. As a strategic partner of the world’s leading telecom companies like Telia Norway, Huawei will continue to help operators build IoT solutions that will expand their business and make our world more connected,” said Mr. Zhou Xinmou, President of Huawei Telia Business Unit.
The smart agriculture solution is the first of its kind in the world, and will make irrigation systems more efficient and accurate. Telia’s smart agriculture solution is developed in cooperation with the Norwegian company 7Sense, and is a system for monitoring irrigation systems used in agriculture.
The water irrigator has a mounted sensor that detects its position using GPS, and will provide the operating status of the irrigation system through the use of various sensors. The sensor unit is connected to the mobile network with an NB-IoT module that sends data at regular intervals.
Norway has one of the highest machine-to-machine (M2M) penetration levels worldwide, and at the same time, the country has very high labor costs. Thus, there is a high demand for automation. NB-IoT is acknowledged as the best technology for LPWA (low power wide area) connections, with features such as deep coverage, massive connections, low device costs, long battery lifetime, carrier grade quality and high security.
The announcement is only the beginning of an acceleration in the IoT markets for the public (parking, utility, metering), consumers (wearable, tracking), and for industry (agriculture, logistics, transportation).
MTN, the South Africa-based multinational mobile telecommunications company, recently announced its partnership with Huawei to launch the first Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) solution in Africa – a Smart Water Metering solution designed to help MTN develop their NB-IoT services to explore new markets in the continent.
The NB-IoT technology is powered by Huawei, with a sensor array that is designed to serve as a diagnostic spine that underpins network management. Data gathered from this technology can be used to control waste water flow from properties, and also identify faults across the network, as well as improve safety outcomes, IT News Africa reports.
The Smart Water Metering service from MTN will be commercially deployed in 2017. MTN and Huawei showcased a live Smart Water Metering Demo and other IoT services at AfricaCom 2016, Cape Town, from November 15-17.
The NB-IoT solution enables the automated collection of utility meter data, which is beneficial seeing as manual meter reading leads to high labor costs and inaccurate data. Through sensors installed in water meters, customers can identify water pipeline leakage earlier. Household water meters will automatically report data on a regular basis, reducing fault probabilities and the operating expense.
“NB-IoT is viewed by the industry as the answer for enterprise applications in a range of different areas, from utility meters to sensor monitoring to asset-tracking,” said Babak Fouladi, Group Chief Technology and Information Officer, Interim SA CTO at MTN. “In line with our strategy to explore new enterprise markets, MTN is glad to lead the application of this new technology in Africa. Now we’ve succeeded in the commercial trial of smart water metering, the first NB-IoT service in Africa, and looking forward, wildlife tracking, smart farm, and smart parking etc., lots of services will be available to bring us a better connected Africa.”
The benefit of NB-IoT is that the technology is able to extend the utilization of IoT by making it more efficient to connect devices and ‘things’ that require a long battery life and that are located in remote areas where internet connectivity is low, by means of mobile connectivity. This Low Power Wide Area technology, according to the report, can connect more objects to the Internet of Things. Some analysts predict that with the increasing number of connections expected in the near future, the IoT market is expected to be worth trillions of dollars by 2020, with a promising market of 450 million cellular IoT connections needed in Africa.
Nokia conducted a trial using NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) technology on Finnish operator Sonera's commercial 4G network to accelerate the creation of an IoT ecosystem, and provide support for the ever-growing number of IoT-connected devices.
Today's 4G LTE networks are optimized for internet connectivity and video streaming to smartphones, tablets and other portable devices. In the IoT world, networks will need to support billions of remote machines requiring instant connectivity to record and share data for industries such as healthcare, energy, manufacturing, agriculture and transportation.
NB-IoT technology is designed to meet these demands, providing the capacity, network reliability and security enabled by commercial mobile networks together with deep indoor coverage and low power consumption, to prolong device battery life up to 10 years and optimize maintenance costs.
During the trial, Nokia implemented NB-IoT technology to communicate information on temperature, humidity and air pressure over Sonera's commercial 4G network in the Finnish capital, Helsinki. The companies also connected a roaming device over the commercial network, using NB-IoT technology. This world's first demonstration shows how NB-IoT technology will allow companies to track their mobile assets - for example large maintenance firms such as electricians or plumbers with fleets of vehicles or healthcare providers tracking the status of patients outside of a hospital.
"In Finland, we have a long tradition of developing and applying new technologies. The trial shows how the use of today's mobile technology will fuel the continued growth of the IoT ecosystem to transform every aspect of our customers' business and personal lives,” said Sonera CTO, Jari Collin.
The network used Nokia base station technology operating in the 800 Mhz frequency band to maximize coverage and connect to devices in harder to reach locations. The trial saw speeds of up to 200 kbps, showing how the technology can meet the demands of a growing number of devices, requiring short burst of network connectivity to transmit small amounts of data and enable the growth of the programmable world.
Japanese telco Softbank has announced plans to launch a LoRaWAN low powered wide area radio network for IoT in the current 2016 fiscal year and offer end-to-end IoT solutions, ranging from device and application support to consulting.
Softbank says that, by using its comprehensive network lineup that includes 3G/LTE, WiFi and fixed-line, it will be able to offer IoT solutions that meet differing customer preferences.
In anticipation of the coming full-fledged IoT era, SoftBank says it will aim to deploy the full set of LPWA networks, including LoRaWAN, Cat-M1 and NB-IoT, to ensure that it can efficiently comply with differing environments.
For its LoRaWAN network it is partnering with LoRaWAN networking company Actility, Hon Hai Precision Industry company, the world’s largest electronics manufacturing services provider, according to Softbank, and Semtech Corporation, a pioneer of LoRaWAN technology.
“SoftBank will work to realize an IoT environment for industry sectors that require low cost and low power network construction: equipment monitoring/control at commercial facilities, buildings, warehouses and other facilities, automated gas and water meter reading, senior citizen and child monitoring, infrastructure monitoring (roads, tunnels, rail tracks, etc.) and logistics and fleet management (cars, trucks and buses),” the company said.