The growing need for IoT devices has resulted in wider IoT network implementation, and more new progress has been made recently in Ireland and Africa.
Vodafone has rolled out the first nationwide NB-IoT in Ireland. By upgrading its existing 4G base stations in collaboration with Ericsson, the company is able to provide the NB-IoT network that runs alongside 2G, 3G and 4G networks.
Vodafone is now discussing with potential partners on solutions tailored for both residential and industrial sectors. Meanwhile, it’s conducting trials in the domain of smart lighting, smart parking and smart bins.
Vodafone had launched NB-IoT in Spain nationwide earlier. Germany and Netherlands roll-out will happen after the Ireland implementation.
“Our latest innovation will provide a head start to Irish businesses and consumers in their race to become truly smart and efficient, radically saving time and money,” said Anne O’Leary, CEO of Vodafone Ireland.
Africa, on the other hand, has seen its first Cat-M1 network test implementation in the continent. Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies announced they will complete a lab trial for Cat-M1 network with South Africa’s Internet provider MTN.
Cellular IoT technologies such as Cat-M1 will enable massive number of IoT devices and provide a connectivity environment supporting low-power consumption and wide coverage. Typical Cat-M1 IoT applications include VoLTE support, for wearables which support voice communication services, vehicle tracking with emergency calling support, and point of sale terminals, for example.
“Today, the majority of telco IoT revenue comes from machine-to-machine connectivity, but in the next five years, this will change to revenue from platforms, applications and services,” said Rafiah Ibrahim, president of Ericsson Middle East and Africa. “This trial ensures MTN South Africa will capture new revenue streams and deliver the best experience to its customers,” Ibrahim added.