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Singapore M1 launches NB-IoT network

William Payne
August 10, 2017

Singapore telecom operator M1 has launched an IoT network based on narrowband IoT (NB-IoT). The company said that it is the first in South East Asia and the second in the world to provide an NB-IoT standard network.

The network has been built in collaboration with telecommunications equipment provider Nokia.

M1 is working with Singapore energy provider Keppel Electric to test an NB-IoT based energy smart meter.

The telco has beaten its Singapore rivals Singtel and StarHub to be first to roll out the new IoT technology.

The M1 launch came the same day Singtel announced that it would be launching its own NB-IoT network in September. According to Singtel, its IoT network would support both Cat-M1 and NB-IoT technologies.

Singapore's third telco, StarHub, has said is currently rolling out an NB-IoT network and is installing LoRaWAN gateways and sensors across the city state. StarHub is developing a number of pilots including urban logistics and smart water metering.

The Singapore Government announced plans in May to invest S$2.4 billion in its smart nation strategy. The new money is earmarked for funding IoT sensors, data analytics and upgrades to the state's telecommunications infrastructure.