Telenor Myanmar has announced the successful trial of Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology on its LTE network.
The trials started in Mandalay in early November with partner Ericsson to test the capability of NB-IoT devices on IoT platforms.
In NB-IoT domain, possibilities are immense and innovative solutions and applications can be provided on IoT platforms like Smart Homes, Smart Cities, Smart Metering, Connected Cars and Clinical Remote Monitoring to name a few”, said Jai Prakash, Chief Technology Officer of Telenor Myanmar.
NB-IoT is a a Low Power Wide Area Network radio technology standard developed by 3GPP to enable cellular devices and services.
Once deployed in Myanmar, the technology is expected to help accelerate the proliferation of IoT devices and develop the IoT ecosystem, the advantages of which include coverage, long battery life, and cost-effective solutions to enterprises.
“NB-IoT can provide the wide range of opportunities for the development of communities and industry in different areas: education, health, transport, smart manufacturing, environmental improvement, housing, optimizing of utility sector infrastructure, road safety and many more,” said Eric Timmer, Head of Ericsson Myanmar.
In April 2018, Telenor and Ericsson have also partnered to achieved a record high peak speed of 1Gbps, the fastest internet speed ever achieved in Myanmar.
A subsidiary of the Norwegian multinational telecommunications Telenor Group, Telenor Myanmar operates across Scandinavia and Asia. In November, it launched the very first 5G pilot in Scandinavia, which would serve as a test bed for the 5G mobile network in Norway.
In its 2019 predictions released on December 3, the company said that it expects 2019 to be the year when industrial IoT customers crack the transition from proof-of-concepts to large-scale commercial deployments in low-power wide-area (LPWA) ecosystems.
“As the LPWA ecosystem matures and as developers have vetted much of its tech stack, we can expect to see industries roll out large scale IoT, particularly within the arenas of smart cities, industrial manufacturing and process industries, such as shipping, traffic and transport monitoring and fisheries. In short, IoT is going industrial in 2019,” it added.