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Singapore's M1 Launches Commercial NB-IoT Network

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Singapore's second largest operator,M1 announced on Tuesday the launch of its commercial nationwide NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) network, which it claims as Southeast Asia’s firstand the second such network worldwide.

This follows the strategic partnership M1 signed with Nokia last year to roll out nationwide commercial NB-IoT network this year. 

With the launch, M1 and its partners have available IoT solutions such as smart energy management for buildings, environmental monitoring, asset tracking and fleet management. The NB-IoT network will spur the development of many more solutions in the future, said the Operator.

As part of a collaboration, Keppel Electric is piloting the NB-IoT Energy Management Meter, which is expected to enable it to deploy power and water meters to its customers’ premises faster and more cost-effectively. These meter will further enable commercial, industrial and residential customers to track their energy usage.  

M1's close rival, Singtel on the same day announced that it will roll out its nationwide CAT-M1 and NB-IoT cellular IoT network by the end of next month to allow businesses to benefit from applications with low-power consumption, deep coverage and multiple connections.

Singapore's other telco StarHub said it was currently deploying a nationwide NB-IoT network and installing LoRaWAN gateways and sensors to support ongoing trials with its partners, according to zdnet

Karen Kooi, CEO, M1
The launch of Southeast Asia’s first commercial nationwide NB-IoT network will accelerate our journey into a digital society. The Internet of Things will open up an incredible array of fresh opportunities and innovation. 

Tan Kiat How, CEO, Infocomm Media Development Authority, Singapore 
We are heartened that M1 has rolled out their narrowband IoT network on a nationwide basis and partnered enterprises to bring ready solutions to market and accelerate innovation to empower possibilities.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

Ray can be reached at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com.

 

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