Singtel and Ericsson roll out NB-IoT network

Singtel

Singtel in partnership with Ericsson has become the first operator in Singapore to make a nationwide cellular Internet of Things (IoT) network commercially available. This advanced mobile network technology will help accelerate the proliferation of IoT devices by offering the best coverage, power efficient and cost-effective solutions to enterprises.

Supporting CAT-M1 and NB-IoT devices, Singtel’s IoT network allows businesses to benefit from applications with low-power consumption that help prolong the devices’ battery life and provide deeper wireless coverage and multiple connections. Singtel will also harness its cyber security expertise to support enterprises in implementing secure and reliable IoT solutions.

Diomedes Kastanis, Head of IoT at Singtel, says: “IoT will play a key role in realizing Singapore’s Smart Nation Vision and we are committed to working with our partners to address the growing demand for IoT services both in the enterprise and consumer space. With our Singtel IoT Innovation Lab and our capability to quickly introduce new services, we will bring industry-leading IoT and 5G innovation to businesses and consumers. These leading-edge technologies will enable Singaporeans to seamlessly manage all their devices at the tip of their fingers.”

Singtel and Ericsson have recently signed an agreement to establish the Singtel IoT Innovation Lab to facilitate IoT deployments and the development of a local IoT ecosystem for enterprises and consumers. As more and more partners join the IoT Innovation lab, Singtel’s goal is to reduce the time to market for the introduction of new services, eliminate any technological barriers and redefine existing business models.

In addition, Singtel’s IoT network also offers a universal connected life management application that enables any device or service to interact with one another – at home, work or on the move – regardless of the service provider or technology. The open connectivity platform allows for easy and manageable data sharing among family and friends, including on-the-go tracking for safety and security.

Since 2016, 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. It has been conducting trials with several partners including bike-sharing company Mobike, smart metering solutions provider EDMI Limited and modem chip maker SIMCom Wireless Solutions. 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.

Martin Wiktorin, Head of Singapore, Brunei and Philippines, Ericsson, says: “The launch of the Singtel IoT Innovation Lab will help boost the IoT ecosystem in Singapore. Ericsson is bringing its extensive ecosystem partners, comprising devices, security and applications to work on opportunities together with Singtel.”

Ericsson partners such as Fortinet, Arrow Electronics, Trevis Technology and Aecus Asia Consulting will also be part of Singtel’s innovation lab. This collaboration will help accelerate the buildup of Singapore’s IoT eco system.