T-Mobile’s Czech subsidiary is looking to cover the entire territory of the Czech Republic with SimpleCell Networks’ SIGFOX solution, following the completion of a successful pilot trial in the country from June to August this year. With T-Mobile CR looking to pursue its strategy of promoting Internet of Things (IoT), it aims to deploy a ‘minimal number’ of 350 base stations by the end of 2016, which it claims will provide nationwide coverage via SIGFOX. Reports suggest that starting in H1 2016, the pair will embark on the rollout of SIGFOX in selected regions, including selling solutions that do not require a full nationwide coverage from launch. SIGFOX is installed on standard mobile base stations and allows economical and energy-efficient transmission of small data volumes over long distances. This removes barriers to broad implementation of IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions and significantly extends the battery life, as well as the service life of connected devices, the pair said in a press release.
‘The Internet of Things is a phenomenon of the future. It is estimated that approximately 200 billion devices should be connected within five years,’ says Milan Vasina, T-Mobile’s Managing Director, adding: ‘T-Mobile wants to focus on this area and the first important step is nationwide coverage with a network dedicated specifically for the Internet of Things.’
During the pilot operation, T-Mobile and SimpleCell Networks tested the technological and practical possibilities of the SIGFOX solution, particularly the quality of base station coverage and transmission of signal to buildings. The successful results of the tests exceeded expectations: they showed line-of-sight propagation at a very long distance (up to 120 kilometres), very good transmission of signal to buildings, and high reliability of message delivery even under poor radio conditions where an area was covered by several base stations. Messages were usually delivered in one second. The pilot operation also proved high resistance to signal interference, as well as seamless installation and activation of base stations. The tests involved the areas of security, logistics, utilities and Smart Cities.