lifecell, the third largest Ukrainian mobile operator has started to deploy NB-IoT network for smart devices of PJSC “Kyivgas” which will remotely record the readings of gas meters, monitor the stability of gas supply and timely prevent possible leakage.
The project has been implemented with the support of Ericsson, Odine Solutions and Affirmed Networks. lifecell has finished the first phase of the NB-IoT network deployment in 1800 MHz band. This technology will allow tens of thousands of devices to be connected to each base station.
Specialists of PJSC “Kyivgas” developed and installed special sensors for gas consumption meters, which will allow automatic reading and transmission of indicators through the lifecell NB-IoT network to the server of PJSC “Kyivgas” in the monitoring and billing system.
The NB-IoT pilot network was deployed by Odine Solutions and Affirmed Networks on the basis of the Affirmed Networks’ virtualized packet network and the Ericsson radio equipment. lifecell has received the right to use radio frequencies for the NB-IoT network for Internet-of-Things in July 2018, and all the necessary licenses and consulting services for IoT network rollout on commercial infrastructure of operator have been provided by Ericsson.
Testing was carried out using special gas meters located in several areas of Kyiv. Satisfying results of the test period allow to scale the lifecell NB-IoT network to the entire city of Kyiv and ensure the transmission of the indicators of all meters to PJSC “Kyivgaz” server.Deployment of lifecell network to Kyiv oblast and to other cities will allow the use of NB-IoT adapters to any enterprise and consumer.