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Spark New Zealand to commence nationwide Internet of Things


Spark New Zealand to commence nationwide Internet of Things network as part of its commitment to take the lead in IoT

Rollout of LoRa network will deliver coverage to high priority areas and unlock IoT potential for wide range of uses

Spark New Zealand has today announced that it has commenced the development of a nationwide low power wide area (‘LPWA’) network to enable the Internet of Things (‘IoT’).

Spark’s GM for IoT, Michael Stribling, said, “At Spark our Ventures team has been working on the exciting possibilities of the internet of things and what it could mean for New Zealand. We are moving to take a leadership position in IoT because we already have a lot of capabilities needed to make the most of a more connected world – we have the world-class network, we have the platforms, and we have the big data analytics power of Qrious to make sense of the torrent of information that will be created from networks of sensors connecting the things around us.

“The network we are rolling out is being developed by Kordia, who have commenced initial network design in preparation for the network build which will operate on the LoRa (Low Range) network standard, a global standard for IoT.”

A significant proportion of the network is expected to be operational by June 2018, enabling sensors and devices to be connected over the LoRa network nationwide, with broad coverage at an affordable price point. A particular advantage of LoRa is that it enables a long battery life on sensors and devices.

Stribling added, “Being connected to this extent will change the way we look at everything -- rubbish bins could schedule themselves to be emptied at the right time, farmers could have detailed information about pasture and animals to make decisions with pinpoint precision, the possibilities are immense and we’re keen to be part of it.”

Spark is also advancing plans to deploy mobile network-based IoT networks (LTE-M1 and Narrow-Band LTE). Stribling said, “We believe that there are different use cases emerging for different IoT networks, depending on the level and type of data that needs to be transmitted by IoT devices. In making an investment in LoRa, in addition to its LTE investments, Spark believes it will be in position to provide the broadest set of IoT solutions to its customers.

“Spark is also excited to announce this development to help provide confidence to customers and ecosystem partners that there will soon be a nationwide LoRa network available in New Zealand. We believe there is a significant opportunity for New Zealand device and solution companies to take a lead position in IoT, with projections suggesting the number of connected devices will explode globally, and in New Zealand.

Spark is already working with New Zealand partners to demonstrate a partnership approach to IoT, as evidenced in the Connected Farms pilot, where Spark is working with Farmlands, NIWA and Ballance Agri-Nutrients, as well as device partners to roll-out pilot IoT capabilities on farm in the Waikato.

Spark has also engaged Actility, the leading global platform provider for LoRa networks, to provide a platform and support the deployment of the network.

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