M1 beats Singtel to the punch in NB-IoT network debut
Singaporean cellco M1 is first out of the gate in the island’s cellular-IoT race with Monday’s launch of its commercial nationwide NB-IoT network, with Singtel vowing to launch its own NB-IoT network by the end of next month.
M1 says its NB-IoT network – developed in partnership with Nokia – will enable solution providers and businesses to develop and deploy IoT-enabled solutions such as smart energy management for buildings, environmental monitoring, asset tracking and fleet management.
The network already has one publicly announced customer – Keppel Electric, who is collaborating with M1 on a pilot for energy management meters that help commercial, industrial and residential customers keep track of energy usage. Keppel says the NB-IoT network will enable it to deploy power and water meters to its customers’ premises faster and more cost-effectively.
“With the full liberalization of the electricity market expected in 2018, the launch of M1’s NB-IoT network is a timely development for us and our customers, who will get to enjoy easy access to useful real-time consumption data at a lower cost,” said Keppel Electric general manager Janice Bong in a statement.
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