If there is one thing that the three major operators in our country agree on, it is that, to reactivate the economy, it is essential to promote the deployment of networks and a greater digitization of society. And speaking of the deployment of networks, Telefónica has just announced a large increase in the number of active IoT (Internet of Things) lines and the deployment of this technology throughout the country.
In fact, at the end of the first quarter of 2020, the Spanish multinational already had more than 2.6 million IoT lines, which represents 12.4% year-on-year growth. At the same time, Movistar has been expanding its IoT coverage, so that it already reaches 100% in some areas of the country.
IoT to reduce environmental impact
During the last year, Telefónica has worked on four lines of IoT projects (smart mobility, industry, energy and retail) with a positive environmental impact, so that, for example, the total savings achieved with smart energy in IoT clients was 1 GWh during the past year. In addition, the operator assures that its investment in IoT in projects of this type was 1.6 million euros in 2019.
One of those projects in IoT has been the agreement together with the startup HUMANoX and the Club Atlético Osasuna to implement the HX50 shin guards, made of carbon fiber and with smart sensors offering thousands of data player’s health or performance during training sessions or in official matches. Another example is the incorporation of IoT solutions into Nestlé Professional communications to monitor the parameters of coffee solutions.
Movistar has been expanding its IoT coverage and already boasts of reaching both urban and rural areas throughout the national territory
With this, Telefónica intends to demonstrate its bets on the IoT market in Spain, where there has been an increase in the number of active lines and the deployment of this technology throughout the country. At the end of the first quarter of 2020, it had more than 2.6 million IoT (Internet of Things) lines, which represents a growth of 12.4% compared to the same period last year.
In addition, Movistar has been expanding its IoT coverage and already boasts of reaching both urban and rural areas throughout the national territory. Not in vain, some areas of Madrid and Valencia have 100% coverage given the great demand for IoT solutions. And, according to the operator, they are capable of express deployments if the client requires it for their project.
In this sense, it must be remembered that the operator offers the two possible technologies in IoT (NB-IoT and LTE-M, as well as eSIM cards compatible with the new IoT connectivity. NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT) and LTE-M (Long Term Evolution for Machines) solutions They are complementary because each of them is indicated for specific use cases: NB-IoT is the most suitable for a massive use of IoT (sensors, telemetry …), while LTE-M is more focused on uses that require mobility.
ESIM cards, for their part, are compatible with the new IoT connectivities and, therefore, are very useful in cases of use of telemetry, industry or Smart Cities that require long-term deployments and may involve a change of operator.
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