Carrier IoT network open for business in Tasmania

Published: February 1st, 2021

Tasmania has its own carrier-grade Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) for Internet of Things applications, following the completed deployment of a statewide network in January 2021. 

The network is the result of a three-way partnership between Tasmania’s energy distribution utility, TasNetworks, subsidiary business 42-24 and the National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo). 

Gateways have been deployed on TasNetworks’ utility assets across Tasmania providing umbrella coverage across all major population zones. TasNetworks is exploring opportunities to use the network to connect IoT devices for its own use cases such as grid safety, street lighting, and digital metering. 

TasNetworks CEO, Lance Balcombe, said “This agreement opens the door to a host of innovations around grid safety, street lighting and digital metering, to name a few.”

“By connecting key assets and infrastructure we expect to boost efficiency and safety, reduce energy consumption, and help customers save time and money. These improvements will be a win win for residents, business and Tasmania as a whole.”

TasNetworks subsidiary 42-24 will sell connectivity to third parties for their own IoT applications including local councils, enterprise, agriculture and other utilities. 

42-24 spokesperson, Kelly Walker, said “We’re excited to be able to assist customers to facilitate their IoT solutions in Tasmania.”

“Having access to enterprise-grade connectivity across Tasmania will bring significant opportunities to our cities, farms and enterprises deploying their own IoT solutions.” 

“It could be a business tracking its assets, farmers monitoring irrigators or soil moisture, cities and towns improving energy efficiencies, or a water utility protecting its critical infrastructure,” she added. 

NNNCo CEO Rob Zagarella said, “We’re pleased to extend the coverage of our National Narrowband Network into Tasmania, and we expect to further extend the network in line with customer demand.”

“The investment in this infrastructure in Tasmania is an important development, not just for Australia but for IoT globally,” Mr Zagarella added.

The network deployment is being heralded as an unprecedented partnership between a regulated utility, unregulated utility business and a licensed telecommunications carrier. 

LoRaWAN networks are growing rapidly across the world, with more than 130 Network operators in 91 countries and over 180 million LoRaWAN-based end nodes forecast to be deployed worldwide on public and private networks by the end of 2020.