Extending coverage of IoT devices in remote locations
To build a network that has the ability to reach difficult urban locations, and connect Narrow Band (NB) IoT devices.
Ericsson and Telstra deployed and tested NB-IoT data connections up to 100km from a base-station in Telstra’s commercial network.
The longest-range NB-IoT connection of its kind, which was a key milestone towards increasing Telstra’s LTE footprint in rural and regional Australia. The network’s ability was demonstrated with a sensor from a solar powered weather station, which reported temperature, relative humidity, rain fall and leaf wetness.
Supporting sustainability goals
The highlighted sustainability goals are included in the project.
“Telstra already had Australia’s largest IoT coverage with Cat M1 across our 4G metro, regional and rural coverage footprint. With this NB-IoT extended range feature, we have now extended our coverage to more than three and a half million square kilometers, delivering our customers the best IoT coverage and capability in the country. Once again Telstra, working closely in partnership with Ericsson, has delivered innovation that ensures the benefits of IoT technology can be enjoyed by the largest number of Australians, not just those in the cities and towns.”
- Channa Seneviratne, Telstra’s Executive Director, Network and Infrastructure Engineering.