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07 August 2017
| James Pearce
Singtel has unveiled plans to deploy a nationwide internet of things network by the end of September, supporting low-powered IoT technologies for enterprises.
which is set to go live in September, will support both CAT-M1
and narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) technologies, both low-powered
wide-area network (LPWAN) solutions. The can support devices
with battery life of up to 10 years operating on both low-band
and mid-band frequencies.
Singtel said its cellular IoT over CAT-M1 network will also
enable businesses to make voice over LTE calls in future, using
small, portable devices such as wearables and trackers.
Bill Chang, CEO of g roup enterprise at Singtel, said: "The
launch of our network provides an ideal platform for the
proliferation of IoT devices and applications.
"With more businesses embracing the digital future, it paves
the way for IoT adoption as Singapore advances towards becoming
a Smart Nation. We welcome businesses to be part of the growing
IoT ecosystem by leveraging on our robust infrastructure and
Singtel said it will also harness its cyber security
expertise to support businesses in implementing secure and
reliable IoT solutions. According to IDC, security concerns are
a key deterrent for businesses in deciding whether to deploy
remote sensors and IoT devices to their ecosystems.
The Singaporean operator has been exploring the use of IoT
alongside local companies since 2016, with applications tested
ranging from environmental sensing and waste management to
asset tracking and monitoring of medicine consumption.
The rollout will also see Singtel invite business and
technology partners to take part in its IoT Innovation Lab,
which it runs in partnership with Ericsson, in order to develop
new solutions and explore the technology benefits IoT can
"We are constantly forging partnerships with IoT enablers to
create a rich IoT ecosystem, and develop end-to-end solutions
to meet our customers’ needs," Chang added.