Japanese electronics manufacturer, Kyocera, says to create low-cost IoT network service in Japan by spring 2018.
The company’s IoT network aims to power connected devices such as smart meters or bicycle stolen trackers. As well as collecting data from these widely installed smart devices.
To achieve Kyocera’s low-cost goal, the company plans to deploy Sigfox’s Low Power Wide Area technology, which has been commercialized in other 24 countries in the world. As Kyocera’s estimation, normal IoT network works on a mobile phone data network can possibly cost thousands of yen a year per device, but the company’s service will charge around 100 yen a year per device.
The Japanese company projects the annual sales to achieve 10 billion yen (about $95.3 million) by 2020 and the number of service subscriptions to reach 15 million.
Kyocera plans to roll out the network in central Tokyo first by February 2018. In the future months, the network is expected to extend to cover 36 major cities in Japan, then to the whole country.
Founded in 1959 and based in Kyoto, Kyocera’s businesses go across a wide range, including mobile devices, solar power systems, printing devices, M2M modules, LCD touch panels, connectors and telecommunication services.
Besides Kyocera, another Japanese firm SoftBank has also announced to roll out Low Power Wide Area Network in the country.
SoftBank will provide LoRaWAN in the 2016 fiscal year, the company said in September, partnering with IoT platform provider Actility S.A., electronics manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. and the founder of the LoRa Alliance, Semtech Corporation.
Besides providing networks, SoftBank will also offer consulting service range from device and application support. In the future, the company said, it will deploy the full set of LPWA networks, including Cat-M1 and NB-IoT, to promote IoT capabilities in different environments.