Spark’s Cat-M1 IoT network now covers 98% of New Zealand’s population

New Zealand-based Spark has announced the completion of deployment of its IoT cellular (Cat-M1) network across the country, making it the first telecommunications firm to complete nationwide rollout of Cat-M1 network in the country.

Deployed since September 2018 on more than 96% of the company’s mobile sites, the Cat-M1 network now covers 98% of the country’s population. This network is especially designed for low cost, long battery life devices, which offer real-time data to businesses helping them to make smarter decisions.

With such a wide coverage, multiple new and existing IoT solutions and services including electricity, gas and water meters, asset tracking and monitoring, industrial automation and others will now have a reliable IoT network to work over. Australian smart metering service intelliHUB is Spark’s first customer to use the Cat-M1 network. intelliHUB Group CEO Adrian Clark said that this is a positive news for the New Zealand energy industry as majority of smart meters are currently operating on the old 2G phone networks.

Clark said: “We are using Spark’s new Cat-M1 network to service our current nationwide deployment as we accelerate the installation of 150,000 smart meters to a large portion of Trustpower’s customer base. For us, this is a business first technology rollout and we are very proud to be doing it here in New Zealand, starting in Tauranga for Trustpower with the help of Spark.”

In November 2018, Spark had rejected the country’s Director-General of the Government Communications Security Bureau’s request to use Huawei’s 5G equipment, following an appeal from the US government to not use the Chinese telecommunications and consumer electronics giant’s equipment over security concerns.

Picture credit: "New Zealand Flag", by Nick Kean, used under CC BY 2.0 / Modified from original

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