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Proximus to deploy LPWAN network across Belgium and Luxembourg

Steve Rogerson
November 19, 2015
Proximus is deploying a low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) nationwide in Belgium and Luxembourg following tests in major urban areas. The Brussels-based telco will use Semtech’s LoRa RF technology.
Proximus is the largest telecoms operator in Belgium and Luxembourg and has partnered with LPWAN provider Actility for the deployment.
The Proximus network, based on the LoRa Alliance open LoRaWan standard, is expected to provide the necessary building blocks for service providers and enterprises to develop their own tailor-made IoT services quickly, including LoRa-based sensors and base stations, as well as the applications for managing the sensors, processing the data, and managing the connectivity of each device connected to the network whether it is in a building, on a mountain, or inside a machine, car or smart appliance.
In collaboration with French company Actility, Proximus initially deployed and tested its IoT, LoRa-based network in ten major urban areas in Belgium as well as in Luxembourg City. Remote asset tracking and facility management are some of the initial applications set up on the network.
The IoT network was used to track freight carts at Zaventem Airport in Brussels to pilot test the programme, and is soon expected to be used in various smart building and smart city applications, including a smart parking system that will help guide car drivers to the nearest empty parking space.
Due to the success of its initial deployment, the network is expected to be rolled out nationwide in both Belgium and Luxembourg in early 2016.
Proximus chose Actility’s LoRa-based IoT products to complement its existing fixed and mobile networks because of its long range, low energy consumption and security. The LoRa technology offers robust quality of service coverage outdoors and inside buildings.
Both the technology and the LoRaWan protocol are optimised for low energy consumption enabling sensors to last for years with simple off the shelf low cost batteries. LoRaWan also integrates security based 128bit AES encryption of all communications.
"We are pleased that after thorough testing, Proximus has decided to expand its LoRaWan-based network nationwide for commercial use in both Belgium and Luxembourg," said Mohan Maheswaran, president and CEO of California-based Semtech. "The Proximus network will enable customers to create IoT solutions that increase operational efficiency and reduce energy consumption, while also improving safety and quality of life."
Semtech, Proximus and Actility are members of the LoRa Alliance, a growing ecosystem of partners that aim to standardise LoRaWan globally and provide an open platform to scale IoT, M2M and smart city applications. The standardised LoRaWan communications protocol has created an ecosystem of pre-certified products, including modules and connected sensors that enable providers and telecoms operators to integrate their technologies more easily.