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Tata Comms begins LPWAN wireless network trials in India

Posted: 06 Nov 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Tata Communications  Internet of Things  IoT  M2M  wireless network 

Tata Communications has piloted trials of a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN), based on LoRa technology for connected devices and Internet of Things (IoT) applications across Mumbai and Delhi. According to the company, these trials will drive further deployment of IoT applications in India.

Tata Communications plans to roll out India's first LoRa network across the country, with full coverage starting in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. LoRa is a wireless communication technology dedicated to IoT/M2M communications network. The network is a super low-power, secure, bi-directional, communication solution, which any organisation can use to connect objects and innovative applications simply and energy efficiently, overcoming high power consumption challenges with existing wireless solutions. The first phase targets to cover 400 million people across Tier 1, 2, 3 and 4 cities.

In addition to ultra-low power consumption, which allows the battery in the end device to last for more than a decade without replacement, Tata Communications' LPWAN wireless network boasts unprecedented reach, enabling communications in deep water and up to 50m underground. This makes it suitable for metro stations and car parks. The signal of the network is extremely strong, cutting through up to seven walls inside buildings. It is also suitable for rural areas due to its 15km range. Compared with 4G, Wi-Fi, ZigBee or Bluetooth solutions, the LPWAN network is also more cost-effective for organisations to deploy, added the company. It is also pre-configured with plug-and play connectivity for different industries such as manufacturing and agriculture.





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