Telecom Italia Launches New IoT Networks

Telecom Italia Launches New IoT Networks

Italy’s largest telecommunications provider, Telecom Italia, has developed a new type of network, which will be launched in January next year. It is a wireless network, specifically designed for the Internet of Things.

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Italy’s largest telecommunications provider, Telecom Italia, has developed a new type of network, which will be launched in January next year. It is a wireless network, specifically designed for the Internet of Things.

Speaking of IoT, we mean interconnected devices of all kind found in populated areas – speakers, sensors, cameras, etc. The reason why they need specific network is that it is not cheap to connect them via LTE.

In order to keep up with the technology progress, IoT devices require wireless networks that satisfy their needs. Long Term Evolution for Machines (LTE-M) and Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) were under construction for quite a while, but now Telecom Italia is almost ready to put them in practice. IoT devices require less power and bandwidth since they send only tiny bits of data.

LTE-M and NB-IoT differ from traditional wireless networks as they emit less radio interference as well as provide coverage to larger areas.  Their licensed spectrum is designed for the special purpose of IoT devices. We can trace workings, specifications on these networks back to 2016, and since then they have tried in China, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the USA. It is quite easy to tune IoT devices to the new LTE-M and NB-IoT with a quick software update of the LTE widely available.

Telecom Italia will put in practice new sleep mode as well. It will lengthen battery life since its signals may vary according to each device and its regime of work. Many carriers will make use of both channels and some say that in the future devices will be able to switch from one to the other, depending on its needs.

And while technology progresses quite fast, the industry is not always falling for everything new. Telecoms are finding it difficult to make businesses believe in the new networks. Nevertheless, there is an open IoT Lab in Turin where companies can take part in pilots. Telecom Italia assumes that utilities will be the first willing to reap the benefits of the new networks.

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