South Korea telecommunications company (SKT) has completed its nationwide rollout of a low power wide area network (LPWAN) based on LoRa technology.SK Telecom plans on developing multiple services in the areas of metering, tracking and monitoring. In terms of metering, the telecommunications company is focussing on Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI), enabling utilities to accurately manage and monitor usage, as well as control devices.
[quote] The telco has been conducting an AMI pilot since November 2015 and announced that it plans on launching AMI services for utilities including electricity and water.
Further to this, SKT aims to offer attractive price plans and develop IoT services through leveraging the LPWAN network and promote the growth of the local IoT market. [Korea unveils roadmap to stimulate economic growth through IoT]
Lee Hyung-hee, president of Mobile Network Business at SK Telecom, said: “SK Telecom is proud to announce the nationwide deployment of LoRaWAN as it marks the first important step towards realizing connectivity between infinite number of things, going beyond the traditional role of telecommunications centered on connectivity between people.
“Going forward, SK Telecom will develop and offer a wide variety of IoT services designed to offer new value for customers, while working closely with partners including SMEs and startups to vitalize the IoT ecosystem.”
According to RCR Wireless, the company is also currently developing robust monitoring services for controlling and managing manufacturing, public and commercial facilities. SKT confirmed that it will launch 20 LoRa-based IoT services by the end of the year, including a manhole monitoring service and a real-time shared parking service. [S.Korea signs MoU to develop broadband networks in Iran]
Netherlands nationwide IoT rollout
In the Netherlands, KPN, a Dutch landline and mobile telecommunications company has also completed the nationwide deployment of a dedicated LoRa network.
KPN’s IoT network has reported to have gone live at the beginning of November 2015 in Rotterdam and The Hague.
Joost Farwerck, chief operations officer and member of the Board of Management of KPN, said: “Last year we identified an increasing demand for low-power network technology for Internet of Things applications. We are responding to this by choosing LoRa, so millions of devices can be connected to the internet in a cost-effective manner.
“In less than a year KPN has implemented a network that allows us to satisfy this market demand.”
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