Singtel has become the first operator in Singapore to deploy a commercially available narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network.
Rolled out in partnership with Ericsson, Singtel’s IoT network supports CAT-M1 and NB-IoT devices and is touted by the companies as benefiting businesses by providing deeper wireless coverage and multiple connections.
“IoT will play a key role in realising Singapore’s smart nation vision and we are committed to working with our partners to address the growing demand for IoT services both in the enterprise and consumer space,” said Diomedes Kastanis, head of IoT at Singtel.
Singtel said the network offers a “universal connected life” open connectivity platform that enables any devices or service to interact with one another regardless of service provider or technology. The company will also look to accelerate the proliferation of IoT devices through power efficient and cost-effective solutions to enterprises.
Singtel added that it has been exploring IoT usage across asset tracking, environmental sensing, and waste management, and has been working with companies such as Mobike, EDMI Limited, and SIMCom on IoT usage.
Singtel and Ericsson also recently signed an agreement to establish the Singtel IoT Innovation Lab, which will be utilised by business and technology partners to develop and trial IoT solutions and reduce time to market for new services.
Singtel also said it will “harness its cybersecurity expertise” in helping enterprises implement IoT solutions.
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1 March 2018