GSMA creates Africa and Asia digital inclusion fund

06 April 2020

Mobile industry group GSMA has launched the Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion, designed to increase mobile internet adoption and usage among those who have coverage but are not using it in in Africa and Asia.

It is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Germany, the GSMA and its members. 

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Boom for critical comms in transport

02 May 2018

Total critical communications revenues associated with transport will be worth more than USD3bn by the end of 2020, according to IHS Markit.

The analyst said public safety and security organisations represent the largest adopters of critical communications globally, accounting for around 38 per cent of PMR deployments in 2017.

However in aggregated terms, IHS says business critical sectors – the ‘non public safety sectors’, including buses, trams, metros, trains, ports, airports and utilities – make up the largest combined worldwide market for critical comms.

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Eutelsat plans LEO satellite for IoT connectivity

08 March 2018

ELO (Eutelsat LEO for Objects) will be used to assess the performance of LEO satellites in providing narrowband connectivity for the IoT.

ELO (Eutelsat LEO for Objects) will be used to assess the performance of LEO satellites in providing narrowband connectivity for the IoT.

Eutelsat has commissioned its first LEO (low Earth orbit) satellite. 

Nano- and microsatellite specialist Tyvak International, a subsidiary of US and Italy headquartered Terran Orbital Corporation, will build the spacecraft for the operator.

Eutelsat LEO for Objects (ELO) will be used to assess the performance of low Earth orbit satellites in providing narrowband connectivity for the IoT.

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IoT network deployed across Kigali to support smart city initiatives

10 May 2017

Engineers setting up Kigalis’ smart city LoRaWAN network.

Engineers setting up Kigalis’ smart city LoRaWAN network.

From having very little network connectivity just a few years ago, Rwanda now has ambitions to become a smart city blueprint for other African nations to follow.

The country’s government has launched a flagship Internet of Things project in Kigali which features technology supplied by Inmarsat and Nokia.

 

Inmarsat has deployed low power WAN infrastructure around the capital using the LoRaWAN protocol to connect sensors and devices in the IoT.

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