Telefónica Spain initiates the deployment of NB-IoT technologies

  • The operator that was a pioneer in deploying the NB-IoT (Narrow Band Inernet of Things) network in Spain, is now betting on the availability of the two LPWA licensed radio access technologies (low power and long range networks)
  • This implementation, among other advantages, facilitates low power consumption and coverage commitment in hard-to-reach places
  • Telefónica España is currently implementing the first Intelligent Rural Territory project in Castilla y León based on these technologies

Madrid October 11 -. Telefónica is committed to the availability of the two licensed radio access technologies of LPWA (low power and long range networks). Thus, in addition to NB-IoT for specific uses, already deployed, it will also initiate the implementation of LTE-M with greater versatility or mobility transmission capacity.

Both milestones are part of the strategic deployment that will position Telefónica España as one of the few operators of global relevance in the IoT industry in having both cellular technologies LPWA (NB-IoT / LTE-M).

The NB-IoT network is part of the LPWA (Low Consumption Extended Area) networks that will revolutionize the telecommunications sector to meet the different needs demanded by the objects. From now on, new use cases will become viable, both technically and economically, as a consequence of the characteristics provided by this type of connectivity: low power consumption, small data sessions and coverage commitment in places of difficult access. These characteristics are revolutionary in many sectors such as: home, automotive, health, industry, cities and smart buildings, etc.

Pioneer technology

Thanks to the deployment of this NB-IoT technology, Telefónica is playing a key role in the Intelligent Rural Territory initiative of the Junta de Castilla y León carried out by the General Directorate of Telecommunications of the Ministry of Development and Environment. After the increase in demand for Smart Cities projects, the concept of Smart Rural Territory (Smart Region) emerged with the same objective: introduction of technology in rural areas.

In the first phase of the project, Telefónica has implemented its intelligent software platform, which helps the management of public lighting services, waste collection and water management for the small municipalities of the 9 provinces of Castilla y León. This platform collects information from 62 sensors, located in Segovia, Palencia, Soria, Ávila and León, which use the latest technology in communications, including the Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT). The deployment in Grijota (Palencia) has been a pioneer in the rural environment throughout Europe.

Specifically, the deployment of the 62 sensors of the project is distributed by each of the activities as follows: 42 sensors to determine the waste collection route maps, 11 sensors to know patterns of water consumption, water quality , detection of leaks, determination of irrigation and pumping policies in the case of water management, and finally, 9 sensors to define lighting regulation policies for the case of lighting management. All this to offer the public quality public services in an efficient and sustainable manner. The use of sensors allows knowing, in real time, the state of public services, which facilitates their control and immediate action if necessary.

Telefónica, once again, demonstrates its differential position in IoT solutions, being the reference provider in Territories or Smart Cities, having won the main market projects: Junta de Castilla y León, Junta de Andalucía, Diputación de Badajoz, Santander, etc.