TELECOM & INTERNET | Tim Charlton, Singapore

Singtel to launch cellular Internet-of-Things in September

A lab for businesses and tech partners will also allow first-hand trials of IoT apps.

Singtel announced that it will launch its nationwide cellular Internet-of-Things (IoT) network by the end of September.

In a press release, Singtel said that this will enable businesses to work more efficiently and reduce costs through the use of low-power IoT devices.

The network will support CAT-M1 and NB-IoT technologies. This will allow businesses to use applications with low-power consumption, deep coverage and multiple connections.

The network will also use Singtel’s cyber security measures to implement IoT solutions.

The cellular IoT network can support devices with a minimum of 10 years battery life, which will allow both low-band and mid-band frequencies.

“A distinguishing feature of Singtel’s cellular IoT over CAT-M1 network is that it enables businesses to make VoLTE calls in future using small portable devices with long battery life, such as wearables and trackers with voice capability.”

Since last year, Singtel has pursued IoT usage with different companies for purposes such as environmental sensing, asset tracking, and waste management.

The company will also open its IoT Innovation Lab to its business and technology partners to allow them to try new applications and develop their own business models.

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