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Vodafone And Spark NZ Announce IoT Network Plans

IoT in New Zealand is gathering momentum. Hot on the heels of a report from the recently formed IoT Alliance that IoT could be worth NZ$2.2 billion over the next 10 years, simultaneous announcements from Vodafone and Spark have revealed plans for a Kiwi nationwide IoT wireless network.

Vodafone said it would add narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) support to its mobile network early in 2018. Spark unveiled plans for both NB-IoT and Cat-M1 on its cellular network but gave no time frame.

It also announced plans for a nationwide low-powered wide-area network, operating in unlicensed spectrum and based on the LoRaWAN technology, to be operational by early 2018.

These networks will be in addition to a LoRaWAN network being rolled out by Kotahinet, which claims to already cover 75 percent of the NZ population and a low-powered wide-area network using unlicensed spectrum based on technology from French company Sigfox, being rolled out by Australian company Thinxtra. This is claimed to already cover close to 90 percent of the Kiwi population.

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