IoT specialist Kerlink has partnered with YEAP! to deploy Argentina’s first LoRaWAN network.
YEAP! was recently launched by Inversiones Condor (ICondor), a strong player in telecommunications and technology in Argentina and South America, to operate the new network.
Continuing its international expansion, Kerlink will provide several hundred gateways for the deployment, which begins immediately in Buenos Aires and Rosario and will provide nationwide coverage by July 2018. The deployment follows a successful pilot project early this year.
The fast-growing company will supply its Wirnet iBTS Compact stations in local ISM bands (923 MHz). Kerlink already has installed more than 8,500 of these versatile, long-range, two-way and geolocation-ready gateways for IoT network operators in Europe and South Asia.
ICondor is an established telecom company with experience throughout Latin America. It created what is now the Movistar Network (MOVICOM), which operates in Spain and 13 Central and South American countries. ICondor also launched CTI Movil, which is now America Movil, a leading provider of integrated telecommunications services in Latin America. ICondor, which is based in Buenos Aires, plans to deploy LoRaWAN IoT networks throughout South America following the rollout in Argentina.
“ICondor had a broad selection of equipment for its LoRaWAN network, and its choice of Kerlink gateways underscores their modular flexibility, reliability and geolocation capability based on Semtech reference design, as well their ability to mix both LoRaWAN for data collection and 4G networks for backhaul”, said William Gouesbet, Kerlink CEO. “This collaboration with one of South America’s leading telecom companies significantly expands our international footprint.”
Martin Rajman, CEO of YEAP!, said: “Many Argentinian companies and cities are waiting for a versatile, secure, high-quality and high-performance IoT technology to support applications in critical B2B and B2C markets. These include asset tracking, smart cities, logistics and smart agriculture, as well as insurance, pet monitoring and home automation. YEAP!’s LoRaWAN network supported by Kerlink gateways will deliver that support and enable the connectivity of millions of end devices.”
Gouesbet also noted that the partnership with ICondor underscores the LoRa Alliance’s ability not only to supply the technology, equipment and services to quickly roll out the LoRaWAN network on any continent, but also to combine critical components and services. These include application-development environments and dedicated sensor design offered by the 500-member-plus alliance.
“This partnership with ICondor confirms that the LoRa Alliance is a dynamic ecosystem able to bring together all the components and expertise necessary for quick deployments for mobile network operators, smart cities or companies that decide to launch and operate a dedicated IoT network,” the Kerlink CEO said.