Telenor Unveils LoRa-based Experimental IoT Offering in Norway

Telenor Unveils LoRa-based Experimental IoT Offering in Norway Image Credit: Telenor

Telenor Group, Tuesday unveiled a new experimental Internet of Things (IoT) offering, Telenor Start IoT, in Norway. 

The Telenor Start IoT pilot network offering will initially be based on LoRaWAN technology (LoRa) but other network technologies may also be included, such as the 2G/3G/4G, NB-IoT and eMTC standards, said the Operator in a statement.

Available free of charge to Norwegian entrepreneurs and students, the multi-city pilot initiative will support entrepreneurship, boost innovation and new national competence building.

Last year, Telenor Group announced two specific initiatives for entrepreneurs to strengthen Norway’s competitiveness and to stimulate job creation by Norwegian startups. The first of these projects, the Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab, was officially opened on 8 March 2017 at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). 

The IoT pilot network infrastructure will be accessible through the Start IoT developer site, which will contain documentation on the devices, connectivity and the backend, development kits, startup guides and user forums.

In parallel to the LPWA physical pilot network, a backend system allows IoT service developers to access the IoT infrastructure and develop prototypes at a relatively low cost.Telenor Start IoT will use Telenor Connexion’s Cloud Connect enablement platform, which is built on top of AWS IoT (AWS IoT). 

With the new initiative, Telenor will set up a physical Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) experimental network, a backend system and provide development kits to startups, students and developers free of charge for testing and experimentation purposes over the period of 5 years. The pilot network is aimed at stimulating LPWA innovation in Norway and will initially be rolled out in Trondheim, Tromsø and Oslo from 1 May.

Sigve Brekke, President and CEO, Telenor Group
By providing cost-free access to next-generation IoT infrastructure, we provide Norwegian startups and students with the ability to develop and rapidly prototype new IoT products and services. This is part of a broad initiative from Telenor to drive growth in the use of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, IoT and big data in Norway.

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

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