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Russian IoT network will span 60 cities

ER Telecom, which owns Enforta, believes the IoT market in Russia will reach 800 bn Roubles by 2022

Spanning 11 time zones, Russia presents some great opportunities for LoRaWAN
Spanning 11 time zones, Russia presents some great opportunities for LoRaWAN

Russian telecom operator, Enforta, has partnered with low-power wide area network provider, Actility, to deploy an Internet of Things (IoT) wireless network across the federation.


The company, owned by ER Telecom Holding, chose to develop an IoT business based on LoRaWAN technology as a key direction of its strategic development, planning to provide IoT services for large corporations and state authorities.


LoRaWAN technology, with its long range enabling extensive coverage to be deployed with the minimum of network infrastructure, is said to be ideal for the geographic scale of Russia which presents major challenges to national scale telecom operators.


An important early focus of activity will be the oil and gas and mining industries, regarded powerhouses of the Russian economy. Sensors connected via LoRaWAN allow remote monitoring of the oil flow through pipelines in remote and sometimes hostile environments.


In mining, LoRaWAN can be used to monitor vehicles and machinery and trigger pre-emptive maintenance to prevent faults and downtime, or track workers to ensure their safety during blasting operations, the operator said.


“Russian enterprises are currently in the stage of digital transformation that will considerably improve the efficiency of business. The internet of things is the foundation for the development of a digital economy having unlimited growth potential,” said Andrey Kuzyaev, president of ER Telecom Holding.


"Taking into account all the opportunities that digital economy provides, we have decided to extend our business and enter adjoining markets and launch an IoT network with federal coverage in 60 cities with our partner Actility."


Based on the forecasts of leading international analytical agencies, the volume of the Internet of Things market in Russia is predicted to reach almost Roubles 800bn by 2022.


Other potential users, which could benefit from the tracking capabilities of LoRaWAN, are said to be industrial and logistics companies, particularly with regards to geolocation of goods along the Trans-Siberian railroad.


“With a strong existing customer base of ER Telecom in industry and the regions, we expect to see the applications of LoRaWAN being launched very quickly and successfully on the network being deployed by ER Telecom," added Mike Mulica, CEO, Actility.


“This implementation also represents a unique first for us, with our ThingPark platform deployed fully in the territory of Russia, delivering SaaS solutions for customers whilst keeping all the data within Russian borders to comply with Russian legislation.”


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