Orange Belgium new IoT Network reaches 100% coverage

Orange Belgium new IoT Network reaches 100% coverage

Orange Belgium new IoT Network reaches 100% coverage

The possibilities offered by the Internet of Things (IoT) are growing strongly in Belgium and throughout the world. In order to maintain its leadership on this market, Orange Belgium decided last year to invest in new IoT technologies based on international standards.

Today Orange announces the availability of Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-M technologies, so called “Mobile IoT”, on the whole Belgian territory, reaching nationwide coverage both indoors and outdoors.

The NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies are Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) cellular network layers that will allow millions of everyday objects to be connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). LPWA technologies offer many advantages when connecting objects to the Internet of Things, such as extending the battery life of the connected equipment by up to 10 years thanks to low energy consumption, or drastically reducing the cost of the radio modules inside the devices that need to be connected. Smart furniture, smart parking and asset tracking for instance become possible.

Orange turns Belgium into a Mobile IoT test lab by launching the first nationwide LPWA cellular network in Belgium

Today Orange Belgium announces the nationwide roll-out of Mobile IoT on its network, as committed 1 year ago.

The Mobile IoT technologies bring a different approach to LPWA technologies. Apart from the extended battery life and the minimal cost of the radio modules, NB-IoT and LTE-M:

  • also enable full bidirectional communication between the object and the network allowing firmware software updates over the air;
  • have the best possible mobile coverage (up to +20dB compared to 2G/4G coverage), considerably improving signal penetration inside buildings;
  • can rely on a guaranteed connectivity abroad (roaming) on other operators’ Mobile IoT networks;
  • and they are the safest solution for IoT connectivity as it operates in licensed spectrum. Moreover, the SIM card offers secure connections thanks to LTE networks’ unique capabilities in terms of authenticating and encrypting the data in transit.

Gabriel Flichy, Chief Technology Officer of Orange Belgium, explains:

“The choice for Mobile IoT technologies is future-proof as it is fully consistent with the future evolution towards 5G. It will then be possible to connect objects that require very high reliability e.g. for the remote control of critical devices and automation processes.”

“Today we are already using our Mobile IoT network together with the Flemish government for a project with connected bikes in collaboration with our partners Huawei and Sensinxs; IMEC is testing a smart plug project as part of Antwerp’s City of Things program and we have teamed up with CommuniThings for smart parking solutions.We invite all application developers, system integrators and early adopters to test the advantages of Orange Mobile IoT network.”

Overall Mobile IoT will act as the catalyst for companies to establish connections that would not have been viable with existing technologies. Consumers will see a huge variety of new products, services and applications enabled by Mobile IoT.

More info on the website business.orange.be/iotstarterskit

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Juniper Networks and Telefónica collaborate over self-driving network

Juniper Networks and Telefónica are joining hands to develop the latter’s vision of a self-driving network.

The network will be the next iteration of Telefónica's Fusión Network – a platform built to drive digital transformation for its customers across Spain wherein Juniper will be a key partner. The project will help develop and implement new tools and processes in order to improve the quality of services, which are being offered to Telefónica customers.

The goal of the project is to evolve Telefónica's infrastructure into a self-analysing, self-discovering, self-configuring and, ultimately, self-correcting. This will allow detection and correction of network faults and anomalies way before services and the customer experience is impacted. Likewise, this approach will help to improve the rapid, reliable mitigation of cyberattacks. It is also likely to expedite the speed of business and result in lower operating costs alongside improvements in security, reliability and resilience.

Before making this a reality, Telefónica will test some of its tools which include Juniper Extension Toolkit for automation, Junos Telemetry Interface for analysis, and AI/Machine Learning, which will enable the network to suggest or even take actions appropriate to the demand and its state.

Additionally, a new study conducted by Thales has revealed security concerns UK consumers associate with connected devices, including cars. In the research, 1,000 consumers were surveyed across the US and the UK which showed that over half of Brits now own at least one internet-connected device, with wearable fitness trackers (24%), vehicles (18%) and smartwatches (16%) being the most common.

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IoT Global Awards to be sponsored by IoT Global Network and Smart IoT

London, UK. December 5, 2017 — The IoT Global Awards are to be sponsored in 2018 by IoT Global Network and Smart IoT. The organisers of the inaugural Awards (www.iotglobalawards.com ) and the hosts of the UK’s premier Internet of Things event, Smart IoT (www.smartiotlondon.com) report that the winners of the 2018 Awards will be announced at the event in London ExCeL on March 21st, 2018.

The winners in 12 Categories – ranging from Automotive, Transport & Travel to Smart Cities, Government & Utilities – will be announced on the Exhibition Floor. All nominees are warmly invited to attend, as are Exhibitors and Visitors at Smart IoT.

The Awards Ceremony will be held at 5.30pm (UK) and the results posted Live on social media. It will be free to attend. Following the announcements, all guests are invited to attend the Smart IoT Drinks Reception at 6.00pm. This will be held at The Fox at Excel, with guests offered free drinks and refreshments.

If you have not yet entered the IoT Global Awards there is still time. The Closing Date for Entries is Thursday February 15th, 2018. You can find the categories to suit your organisation at www.iotglobalawards.com/categories/ and details of How To Enter are shown on the website.
John Davy, Group Event Director, Smart IoT said: “We are delighted that IoT Global Awards will be sponsored by IoT Global Network and Smart IoT. This is a great way of exploring business excellence around the world in the Internet of Things.”

Charlie Bisnar, Director of Strategy and Operations at WeKnow Media Ltd, organisers of the awards added: “The Awards are a celebration of all that is best, both technologically and in business, in the Internet of Things. It is only right that we showcase these achievements at the UK’s premier IoT event.”
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For more information contact:

For IoT Global Awards:

Charlie Bisnar (c.bisnar@wkm-global.com)
WeKnow Media Ltd. +44 (0) 173 284 4017
@WKM_Global @IoTGlobalAwards

For Smart IoT:

John Davy (john.davy@closerstillmedia.com)
CloserStill Media Ltd. +44 (0) 207 013 4978
 @Smart_IoT

 

 

 

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Ooredoo and Sagemcom Launch the First IoT Network in Tunisia

Ooredoo and Sagemcom Launch the First IoT Network in Tunisia

Ooredoo and Sagemcom Launch the First IoT Network in Tunisia

Ooredoo Tunisia and Sagemcom have just launched the first Tunisian Internet of Things (IoT) network, based on LoRa™ technology.

The network enables devices to exchange small amounts of data, with a standard battery providing independent battery life of up to 10 years.

This IoT network will also facilitate the development of solutions in various areas: Smart City (smart parking, presence detection, etc.), Smart Industry (machines predictive maintenance, asset management and tracking, logistics, etc.), Smart Environment (fire detection, etc.) and other uses in health, transport, agriculture, etc.

This launch will strengthen Ooredoo’s activities in the Internet of Things.
Youssef El Masri, CEO of Ooredoo Tunisia, said:

“Following the marketing of the first connected device in 2014, the launch of the first M2M managed connectivity solution in 2015 and the success of the first tests on various long-range, low-consumption technologies, Ooredoo is today launching the first IoT network in Tunisia.”

“This has been made possible through the license issued by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies in June. We are proud to be the first operator in Tunisia to deploy this technology, which is globally recognised as the most successful Internet of Things solution,” he added.

Sagemcom believes that “this close collaboration with Ooredoo will reinforce both our vision and strategy for the Industrial Internet of Things, through our SICONIA™ products and solutions, and our long-term presence and support in Tunisia and in the wider region”. Eric Rieul, CEO of Sagemcom Energy & Telecom, also stressed that “Sagemcom is delighted to be able to support and expedite Ooredoo’s IoT ambitions in Tunisia, thus contributing to the country’s economic growth.”

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The First Albanian Network Operators Forum

On Tuesday, 14 November 2017, Albanian Internet Service Providers gathered in central Tirana for the first Albanian Network Operators Forum (ALNOF). The event was organized by RASH, the Albanian Academic Network, and NaMeX, the Internet Exchange Point based in Rome, Italy, with the goal of bringing Albanian ISPs together to discuss their common issues. The Internet Society sponsored the event.

The main topics on the agenda were Interconnection and Networking Community. Albania is one of the only countries in Europe that doesn’t have a neutral Internet Exchange Point: Internet traffic from one Albanian ISP to another sometimes crosses many borders and reaches Amsterdam, London, or Copenhagen before returning to Albania. RASH and NaMeX presented their partnership to create ANIX, the first neutral Internet Exchange Point in Albania, and MIXP presented its experience of the Internet Exchange Point in Montenegro. The session was completed by presentations on PeeringDB, the Facebook network, and IPv6.

As for the Networking Community topic, Albania is a small country where many people running network infrastructure operations know each other, but there is no actual “community” of ISPs. This session included presentations by two organizations that are committed to develop networking communities: RIPE NCC and the Internet Society. Jan Žorž, ISOC Operational Engagement Programme Manager, spoke about the experience of NOGs around the world and in particular of the Slovenian NOG (SINOG).

Jan’s presentation served as introduction for a panel of Albanian network operators, who discussed whether it would make sense to start an organized Network Operators Group (NOG). There was enthusiasm among ISPs from Kosovo and Albania present in the room when asked who would participate in an Albanian NOG, and at lunch, immediately after the event, a first informal meeting took place of what would soon become the steering committee of ALNOG. The same evening there was a new meeting over dinner, and ALNOG now exists, for the moment in the form of a website and a mailing list.

ALNOF was the opportunity for giving birth to a network operators’ community in Albania and a thriving interconnection environment for Albanian ISPs. Let’s keep supporting them with the international community!

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