M1 launches NB-IoT network

Singapore telco M1 Limited said it has launched South-east Asia’s first commercial nationwide NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) network, and the second such network worldwide. This network will catalyse smart solutions innovation and support Singapore’s transformation into a Smart Nation.

The IoT, in enabling hyper-connectivity to millions of devices, sensors and services, is a key Smart Nation building block, the telco added.

With the launch of M1’s NB-IoT network, solution providers and businesses can now develop and deploy new IoT-enabled solutions.

“The launch of South-east Asia’s first commercial nationwide NB-IoT network will accelerate our journey into a digital society,” said Karen Kooi, CEO, M1.

“The Internet of Things will open up an incredible array of fresh opportunities and innovation. We look forward to working closely with government agencies, technology partners, and customers to enable smart solutions for everything and everyone.”

Tan Kiat How, chief executive, Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore, said: “The Internet of Things is a key technology area for growth which will drive Singapore’s Digital Economy for a Smart Nation. We are heartened that M1 has rolled out their narrowband IoT network on a nationwide basis and partnered enterprises to bring ready solutions to market and accelerate innovation to empower possibilities. We encourage companies to embrace the exciting benefits of NB-IoT as we move towards the digital future.”

M1 and its partners are said to have available IoT solutions such as smart energy management for buildings, environmental monitoring, asset tracking and fleet management. The NB-IoT network will spur the development of many more solutions in the future, M1 concluded.

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