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Actility deploys LoRaWAN IoT networks in two European countries

The French company is currently working with local operators to roll out IoT networks in Latvia and Estonia.

French low-power wide area networks specialist Actility is currently deploying two LoRaWAN internet of things networks in Europe.

In Latvia, the French company is working alongside telecommunications and IT provider Lattelecom, and in Estonia is partnering with Levikom for the network deployment.

In Latvia, the network has been tested in Riga, where full coverage will be deployed as the first stage of the project. Wider deployments are set to continue based on interest from city authorities and enterprises, with national coverage expected to be completed in 2018.

“The new infrastructure will allow smart devices to be connected to a single network, enabling services like smart metering, utility network monitoring, remotely controlling street light, smart waste management and other city level services,” said Kerli Gabrilovica, chief development and marketing officer at Lattelecom.

In Estonia, Levikom and Actility plan to upgrade the NORAnet network to offer second-generation carrier-grade IoT connectivity services with multiple radio access, enabling high-value geolocation services powered by LoRa devices and wireless technology from Semtech. The French firm said that a key focus of Levikom’s IoT roadmap will be smart utilities: smart metering and smart energy applications for electricity, gas, water and heating companies.

“We expect to launch our second generation core network together with our first residential IoT services in March,” said Toomas Peek, chairman of Levikom. “The upgrade of the existing LoRaWAN radio network with new base stations and further country wide roll out will not be a big challenge for Levikom as we are installing most of the LPWAN gateways into the existing wireless broadband sites.”

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