Three brings two low-power wide-area networks to Ireland to boost IoT

13 Sep 2022

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The company said it now holds two-thirds of the IoT market in Ireland and that its new networks will support IoT into the future.

Three Ireland has launched two low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) to help maximise coverage, lower costs and reduce the power consumption for internet-of-things (IoT) devices.

The company said these networks will support IoT into the future by reducing the cost of end devices, enhancing the coverage for IoT devices located underground or in hard-to-reach places, and extending battery life.

Three added that the two networks – NB-IoT and LTE-M – will improve the power consumption on devices by utilising power-saving mode technology, which lets devices sleep when not in use. Another feature that can extend battery life, called enhanced discontinuous reception, allows the extension of the timeframe when devices send updates.

Three Ireland said the new offering demonstrates its evolution as a leader in the IoT space, as it now holds 66.6pc of the IoT market in Ireland.

LPWAN uses Three’s licensed spectrum, which the company said offers an additional layer of security and protection when creating IoT products and services.

Three has been working with a range of companies that are utilising these networks to deliver new offerings to the marketplace.

This includes 8 West Consulting, in partnership with Sony Network Communications Europe and Navigil. Three said both of these companies offer smartwatches utilising the LTE-M network to boost signal and battery life.

Other companies Three has been working with include Trimble, which uses battery-based IoT for measuring critical parameters of the water network, and Cyberlok, which utilises the NB-IoT network to authenticate and unlock devices while extending battery life.

Three said its LPWAN networks will enhance IoT connectivity into the future and enable the creation and growth of new IoT options in both the Irish and global marketplace.

A report earlier this year said that the global mobile industry has shown a growing interest in LPWAN technology, with 140 operators having deployed or launched NB-IoT or LTE-M networks across 64 countries.

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Leigh Mc Gowran is a journalist with Silicon Republic