FREMONT, CA: Singtel, a provider of computer networking, wireless technology and digital solutions, and Ericsson- a provider of communication technology and services- join hands to provide Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology to equip Singtel’s 4G LTE network the capability to support the rapid number of connected devices being produced.
NB-IoT is a solution that has wider range coverage and lesser complex devices thus allowing Singtel to support new IoT devices in areas such as smart cities, utilities and the environment. Singtel‘s 4G LTE network supports Category 1 (Cat-1) devices which are built for IoT applications.
Exceptional power management in terms of battery life has become a prerequisite for IoT devices in order to support field deployments with minimal power requirements and maintenance. With existing LTE networks it is possible to utilize over 10 years of battery life. Power saving capabilities allows devices to enter a new deep sleep mode ideal for devices that need to contact the network once an hour or even lesser frequencies.
Singtel continues to pursue developing technologies along with Ericsson as part of their 5G partnership programs. Ericsson is exploring new technologies such as LTE-M and NB-IoT, paving the way towards the new connected eco-system. Singtel and Ericson are working closely to continuously deliver innovative solutions to the market.
"IoT connectivity is an important part of Singapore's enterprises and supports the Singapore Government's Smart Nation initiative. We anticipate a growing demand to connect a multitude of sensors and devices in a cost-effective manner,” says Tay Soo Meng, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel. “Focusing on power saving capabilities in our networks enables energy efficiency benefits for the IoT eco-system; we expect at least 10 years battery life. With the early introduction of low-powered IoT devices, this brings us a step closer to 5G goals, where new device and sensor technologies can leverage network connectivity to power a variety of use cases, such as lighting and vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity.”