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LoRa network will help Taiwan become a smart island

The network is based on the LoRa Alliance’s standardised LoRaWAN protocol

The network will enhance the lives of 24 million citizens and increase the efficiency of businesses
The network will enhance the lives of 24 million citizens and increase the efficiency of businesses

Mobile telecom carrier Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) is rolling out a low power wide area (LoRaWAN) IoT network in Taiwan with the aim of making it a smart connected island.


APT had previously deployed the LoRaWAN-based IoT network in northern Taiwan and is expected to cover the rest of the country, beginning later this year, providing LoRaWAN connectivity to some 23.4 million people.


The network equipment was provided by Semtech partners, Foxconn and Actility and is based on analog and mixed-signal semiconductors supplier, Semtech’s LoRa networking devices. Eventually, it is also expected to connect most machine-to-machine (M2M), Internet of Things (IoT) and smart city applications throughout the Asia region.


“Semtech’s LoRa RF technology allows us to build a scalable network that we can use to enable connected devices in all of Asia,” said Yi Jen Li, new business development director, APT. “The network deployment also provides us with an exciting opportunity to transition toward becoming a complete solution provider of value-added hardware and software for the IoT industry.”


LoRa-enabled base stations (embedded with Semtech’s SX1301 baseband processor) and sensors provide long-range, low-power connectivity among smart devices offering longer battery life and much lower infrastructure costs than alternative options.


Foxconn in partnership with LoRa solutions provider, Actility, will provide both the software and hardware to launch the network which is based on the LoRa Alliance’s standardised LoRaWAN protocol.


“By offering a scalable, low-cost and standardised solution for telecom operators such as Asia Pacific Telecom, Semtech aims to promote new IoT services that are expected to enhance the lives of citizens in cities, said Marc Pegulu, vice president and general manager of Semtech’s wireless and sensing product group.


“[In addition it will] reduce operational costs in factories, and improve efficiencies in business and a wide range of agricultural applications through the use of sensors, tags, and actuators that interact with cloud computing applications to automate processes and make the world a more intelligent place.”


Semtech and Actility are members of the LoRa Alliance, a group of more than 300 companies committed to driving and enhancing the LoRaWAN specification to ensure interoperability and scalability of LPWANs and IoT applications.


Through its work with member companies and IoT industry groups, it is making LoRaWAN the standard for LPWANs focused on low-power, long-range IoT applications. There are LoRaWAN public and private networks in more than 50 countries worldwide.