Cellnex aims to cover 80pc of Irish population with IoT network this yearVish Gainon February 15, 2022 at 09:49 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic

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Cellnex, a Spanish telecom giant with operations in the Irish market, has announced plans today (15 February) to create an internet of things (IoT) network that will cover 80pc of the population of Ireland and all major cities by the end of this year.

The new IoT network, plans of which were first announced in 2020, will be based on low-power wide-area network or LoRaWAN technology with use in areas such as asset tracking, building and energy management, air and water quality monitoring, waste management and parking validation.

Cellnex has partnered with IoT network developer Everynet to roll out this new network. In 2020, the two had announced plans to launch a new IoT network in Ireland, Italy and the UK, which was to be deployed on Cellnex’s infrastructure and reply on Everynet’s network.

It follows the success of a pilot project launched last year in Edenderry, Co Offaly, where LoRaWAN technology was applied in disabled parking bays, bin level sensors, air quality monitoring and tracking energy use in public buildings.

Paul Delaney, IoT lead and sales director at Cellnex Ireland, said that the company aims to make IoT a “practical and positive reality in everyday life, transforming the way in which a huge range of services can be operated and managed”.

“The partnership in Edenderry launched last year is just the tip of the iceberg of what can be achieved in delivering applications from monitoring parking spaces to measuring air quality and will drive efficiencies in the delivery of public services,” he said.

The Barcelona-headquartered telecom giant first entered the Irish market when it acquired Irish telecoms infrastructure company Cignal in a deal worth €210m.

Cellnex Ireland managing director Colin Cunningham said that in the last 12 months, Cellnex has tripled the size of its Irish portfolio to more than 1,800 sites after acquiring 1,150 towers from Three Ireland in January 2021. This was a result of Cellnex acquiring substantial European tower assets from Three-owner CK Hutchinson last year.

“Our ambition is to continue to grow our core business but also to accelerate our diversification into IoT and DAS (distributed antenna system) solutions, leveraging our group’s expertise to meet the ever-increasing needs of public and private businesses,” he said.

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