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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

First LoRaWAN IoT network rolls out in Argentina

By Nick Flaherty

French supplier Kerlink is working with ICondor, a strong player in telecommunications and technology in Argentina and South America, to roll out a new low power network for IoT devices.

Kerlink will provide several hundred Semtech-based Wirnet 923MHz gateways for the deployment, which begins immediately in Buenos Aires and Rosario and will provide nationwide coverage by July 2018. The deployment follows a successful pilot project early this year. Kerlink already has installed more than 8,500 of these long-range, two-way and geolocation-ready gateways for IoT network operators in Europe and South Asia.

Kerlink is also supplying the gateways for a rollout across Poland.

ICondor is an established and innovative telecom company with experience throughout Latin America. It created what is now the Movistar Network (MOVICOM), which operates in Spain and 13 Central and South American countries. It plans to deploy LoRaWAN IoT networks throughout South America following the rollout in Argentina.

“ICondor had a broad selection of equipment for its LoRaWAN network, and its choice of Kerlink gateways underscores their modular flexibility, reliability and geolocation capability based on Semtech reference design, as well their ability to mix both LoRaWAN for data collection and 4G networks for backhaul”, said William Gouesbet, Kerlink CEO. “This collaboration with one of South America’s leading telecom companies significantly expands our international footprint, in line with our development strategy and goal of becoming a leading global provider of IoT network equipment, solutions and services.”

“Kerlink was one of the first M2M-technology companies to enable low-power, long-range connectivity and to launch easy-to-install infrastructure solutions for billions of devices that improve cost-efficiency and scalability across multiple verticals. This gives them a strong market expertise and leadership,” said Martin Rajman, CEO of YEAP!, the operator owned by iCondor. “Many Argentinian companies and cities are waiting for a versatile, secure, high-quality and high-performance IoT technology to support applications in critical B2B and B2C markets. These include asset tracking, smart cities, logistics and smart agriculture, as well as insurance, pet monitoring and home automation. YEAP!’s LoRaWAN network supported by Kerlink gateways will deliver that support and enable the connectivity of millions of end devices.”

“This partnership with ICondor confirms that the LoRa Alliance is a dynamic ecosystem able to bring together all the components and expertise necessary for quick deployments for mobile network operators, smart cities or companies that decide to launch and operate a dedicated IoT network,” said Gouesbet

Over the past three years, Kerlink has invested more than €8 million in R&D and rolled out over 70,000 installations have already been rolled out for more than 260 clients over the last decade, including major telecom operators such as Proximus and Tata Communications, and utilities such as GrDF and Suez.

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