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Anterix adds Ericsson to roster of private LTE kit vendors for US smart grid push

Anterix has followed deals with Motorola and Nokia with a third contract for LTE equipment for private network deployments in the utilities sector, this time with Swedish vendor Ericsson. The New Jersey based firm holds 900 MHz spectrum in the mainland US, as well as in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Its goal is to license 900 MHz spectrum and supply 900 MHz solutions to the utility sector to drive grid modernisation. The Federal...

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Manufacturer Arçelik recruits Nokia, Türk Telekom for Turkey’s first private 5G network

Household appliances and electronics manufacturer Arçelik Global, owners of the Beko and Grundig brands, is to deploy the first private celluar network in Turkey, as an LTE-based setup with a 5G-upgrade option. It has engaged with Nokia and Türk Telekom on the project to install an “industrial-grade 5G-ready” private setup at a washing machine manufacturing facility in Çayırova, in the Marmara region in the northwest of the...

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Roambee buys Swiss IoT firm Modum to serve rising demand for pharma tracking

Santa Clara IoT tracking company Roambee has acquired Switzerland-based cold chain monitoring outfit Modum, which specialises in the pharmaceutical market. Roambee said the deal will help it to “dominate the real-time cold chain visibility space”. The transaction fee was not disclosed. The acquisition is Roambee’s second, and second in a couple of months, having bought India-based cloud analytics services firm Arnekt in May to...

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Philip Morris hires TIM to build IoT solution to streamline freight logistics at Bologna plant

Cigarette and tobacco company Philip Morris has hired Italian duo TIM Group and Olivetti to deploy an IoT system for yard management to improve planning and tracking of logistics vehicles in and out of its Crespellano plant in Bologna, Italy. The move is part of the cigarette maker’s strategy to develop business around smoke-free (smoking) products. It has just announced a new smart factory for smoke-free products in Bologna, in the...

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Arm opens software and tooling suite to spur ‘step-change’ in IoT productivity

Arm is moving parts of its microcontroller abstraction layer for Cortex-M processors into an open collaboration platform to help embedded system developers to integrate and manage software components and improve code reuse across IoT projects. The company has also moved part of its next-generation tooling suite for embedded IoT into an open cloud platform to give software developers early beta access. The two initiatives will provide a...

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Edzcom and Signal Partners bundle private 5G networks and devices for heavy industry

Finnish pair Edzcom and Signal Partners have signed a deal to combine private LTE and 5G networks and industrial LTE and 5G devices for customers in Europe. Their plan is to cater to the “growing digitalization and automation needs of heavy industry”, they said. Industrial customers will see reduced total costs and improved efficiency, as a consequence, they suggested. Their combined service offer, bundling private networks from...

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Athonet joins Hub One’s private LTE/5G setup at Paris ‘smart airports’

Hub One, the digital tech subsidiary of ADP (Aéroports de Paris), has appointed Italy-based network software provider Athonet to provide an LTE core across three airports in Paris. The new deployment will share existing radio access network (RAN) infrastructure from Ericsson at the sites with a second private core network, also from Ericsson, which is being utilised by Air France. Athonet is providing the private network core for LTE...

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Every combination of public/private 5G – Deutsche Telekom on what industry wants

Deutsche Telekom told Private Networks Forum yesterday that its role is not to dictate to enterprises about spectrum and technology, but to support every variation of these, and steer enterprises along the way. Decisions about new digital-change tech should be guided by use cases, it said. The firm will work with all new mutations in the telecoms space, even as enterprises take airtime licensing and network management into their own...

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Enterprises don’t understand the tech or ROI – Ford on what to fix with private 5G

The telecoms sector has come in for a pasting in these pages recently as the industrial set have laid into it about its approach to industrial 5G. The argument goes that traditional operators and vendors are trying to solve industrial challenges with telecoms solutions, as if Industry 4.0 is just about new-fangled 5G networks. (The recent Enterprise IoT Insights report on the types of industrial 5G SLAs being written to support private...