IoT Time: M2M/Internet of Things weekly digest

12 Apr 2018

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued one million 13-digit numbers per licensing service area to operators including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone India and BSNL for testing M2M/IoT communications services such as smart car/home/energy/retail applications. The special numbers will be used for commercial services from 1 July 2018.

Spain’s Telefonica and 5GBarcelona are setting up an open 5G/IoT test lab in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona offices for companies, developers and start-ups to test devices, applications and projects using 5G-ready network infrastructure.

Germany’s Deutsche Telekom (DT) will be demonstrating its ‘IoT Service Button’ this month – a plug-and-play service designed for retrofitting IoT connectivity at facilities such as manufacturing/construction/logistics sites and hospitals, using 2G/3G/4G mobile networks or DT’s NB-IoT network.

Actility has announced it is partnering Swedish electricity and fibre network operator Oresundskraft to deploy a LoRaWAN IoT network at the Helsingborg Open City Hub, adding that further such deployments are expected to follow under the umbrella of Sweden’s City Hub Alliance (StadshubbsAlliansen).

In the US, Cox Communications is expanding its Cox Homelife service to include Homelife Automation nationwide, reports LightReading. Following last year’s trial of the automation service, a nationwide expansion programme began in March, with rollout to all markets planned within a few months. Kristine Faulkner, SVP of Cox Homelife, said: ‘We see two markets forming, a well-established and growing home security market and an emerging market who aspires to smart home living but who may not want 24/7 monitored security. Offering more choices in the Cox Homelife portfolio enables us to expand our reach beyond the homes that are buying home security today and establishes an umbrella for future expansion into every home.’

Vodafone Germany has expanded NB-IoT network coverage across the Ruhr region including the cities of Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Bottrop, Bochum, Castrop Rauxel, Gladbeck and others. The operator began deploying its NB-IoT network in major German cities in late 2017.

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