S. Korea first off the blocks with national IoT network rollout

Samsung to jointly build SK Telecom’s world-first nationwide LoRaWAN network

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S. Korea first off the blocks with national IoT network rollout The initiative will lay out the infrastructure for renewable energy , cloud and big data analytics as well as electric vehicle infrastructure for autonomous cars.
By  David Ndichu Published  July 5, 2016

Samsung announces on its website a new partnership with SK Telecom to deploy the world’s first commercial Internet of Things (IoT)-dedicated nationwide LoRaWAN network.

The network will be deployed across Korea using the 900 MHz frequency band. The commercial service is scheduled to launch in Daegu, Korea’s fourth largest city, next month and will be available nationwide by the middle of this year.

LoRaWAN is a low power wide area network standard, advanced by the LoRa Alliance, intended for wireless battery operated Things in regional, national or global network. This standard is designed to provide seamless interoperability among smart Things without the need of complex local installations.

Daegu will serve as a test bed for the IoT network, and focus on setting up and adopting infrastructure for renewable energy solutions, cloud platforms and big data analytics of healthcare and medical services, as well as electric vehicle infrastructure for autonomous cars, Samsung said.

For example, streetlights in the city will collect weather and traffic information using IoT sensors, enabling cost savings by automatically adjusting the lighting level and also sending air pollution status information.

 “With the early deployment of a nationwide IoT network, SK Telecom will be able to maintain its position as pioneer in the field of telecommunications,” said Lee Jong-bong, executive vice president and head of infra division at SK Telecom. “SK Telecom will continue to work closely with partners including Samsung to deliver new value and convenience to both individual and enterprise customers over the IoT network.”

“Now is a critical moment for ICT companies looking for new future business opportunities such as IoT services,” said Youngky Kim, president and head of networks business at Samsung Electronics. “We are very pleased to partner with SK Telecom for its pioneering IoT vision. Samsung will contribute in creating the ecosystem for enabling significant changes driven by new IoT services.”

LoRaWAN IoT networks use an unlicensed, public spectrum called the Industrial Scientific and Medical (ISM) frequency band.

Countries and cities in the region, led by Dubai, have set ambitious Smart City goals, with several localised deployments in place, however, there has not been any widespread  rollouts yet.

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