Vodacom’s first commercially available Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) network is now live in Gauteng.
This announcement is the latest in a string of IoT plays made by the company this year.
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The NB-IoT network, the company hopes, will accelerate the growth of IoT in South Africa by allowing customers to build and run Low Power Wide Area network (LPWAN) applications.
LPWAN is slower than the likes of WiFi, but covers much greater areas and allows for devices to be connected more efficiently.
In September 2017, Vodacom announced its three-millionth device IoT connection, and currently sees around 55 000 new devices registered on its network each month.