Two Singaporean telecommunications have announced new plans and progress on deploying IoT networks in the country.
One year after announcing partnership with Nokia on building IoT network, M1 has officially launched its nationwide Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network for commercial use.
“We look forward to working closely with government agencies, technology partners, and customers to enable smart solutions for everything and everyone,” says Karen Kooi, CEO of M1, in a statement.
Utility provider Keppel Electric said it has already started to utilize M1’s IoT network for an energy management meter pilot program. It plans to roll out power and water meters to its customers more quickly and cost effectively, allowing them to monitor energy usage.
On the same day, Singtel unveiled plans to deploy nationwide low-power wide-area IoT networks by the end of September, which will support both CAT-M1 and NB-IoT technologies. Under these network standards, a device’s battery can last up to 10 years on both low-band and mid-band frequencies.
Besides providing enterprises with low-power IoT technology support, Singtel is offering cellular IoT over CAT-M1 technology that allows companies to make voice over LTE calls using small portable devices in the future.
Singtel currently runs an IoT Innovation Lab under partnership with Ericsson. With the new launch, it will be able to motivate more businesses and technology companies to join the innovation lab and develop new IoT solutions and benefits.
Singapore government has invested much effort to promote IoT technologies as a means to become a smart nation. This May, it revealed $2.4 billion SGD plans on ICT companies and increased the investment in various technology applications such as IoT sensors and data analytics.