Singtel to roll out nationwide cellular IoT network next month
By Digital News Asia August 11, 2017
- Numerous benefits for businesses
- Another step towards a a Smart Nation
SINGTEL announced that it will roll out its nationwide cellular Internet-of-Things network by end of September. The network will enable enterprises to gain operational and cost efficiencies through the use of low-power IoT devices.
The network will support CAT-M1 and NB-IoT technologies, which will allow businesses to benefit from applications with low-power consumption, deep coverage and multiple connections.
Singtel will also harness its cyber security expertise to support businesses in implementing secure and reliable IoT solutions. According to the IDC, this will greatly alleviate security concerns, which is a key deterrent for businesses in deciding whether to deploy remote sensors and IoT devices to their ecosystems.
“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 network,” said Singtel Group Enterprise chief executive officer Bill Chang.
Cellular IoT networks can support devices with battery life of up to 10 years or more, as it leverages both low-band and mid-band frequencies. A distinguishing feature of Singtel’s cellular IoT over CAT-M1 network is that it enables businesses to make VoLTE calls in the future using small portable devices with long battery life, such as wearables and trackers with voice capability.
Singtel has been exploring IoT usage with local companies and large corporations across a diverse range of applications, including environmental sensing, asset tracking, waste management and monitoring of medicine consumption, since 2016.
The roll out of the nationwide cellular IoT network will accelerate businesses’ adoption of such innovative technologies, and help them create exciting new products and services for consumers.
In tandem with the deployment, Singtel will be inviting businesses and technology partners to try out and develop IoT solutions at the IoT Innovation Lab. Set up in collaboration with Ericsson, the Iab allows businesses to experience new IoT applications first-hand and develop business models.
“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,” added Chang.