Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW), the provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), and KDDI Corporation, a Japanese telecommunications and system integration provider, has announced that KDDI has selected Sierra Wireless AirPrimeÂ® HL78 cellular modules for LTE-M IoT applications, the company said.
KDDI will be the world´s first MNO to provide its customers with HL78 modules operating on its LTE-M network, beginning in mid-2018 with one of the LP gas smart meter companies in Japan. KDDI expects more LTE-M IoT applications in diverse markets to follow, including logistics and wearables.
KDDI launched the first domestic cellular LTE-M telecommunication service in Japan. LP gas service providers using the new smart meters will be able to boost their operational efficiency while offering their customers value-added services. LTE-M networks deliver a new class of wireless technology specifically designed for low-power IoT applications [see infographic], combining lower cost, broader coverage and better battery life with globally available and secure cellular networks.
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KDDI is the second largest telecommunication service provider in Japan, offering both mobile and fixed-line communications. With its well-established base of over 50 million customers, and through mobile services and shops offering its “au” brand, KDDI is expanding its services into the “Life Design” business, which includes fintech, e-commerce and nationwide electric power utility services. With a 60-year history, KDDI is now focusing on creating smart infrastructure through IoT technologies and open innovation with partners and start-up companies in diverse industries.