Australian LoRaWAN network operator the National Narrowband Network Company (NNNCo) has announced signing an operator agreement with LoRa Internet of Things (IoT) provider Actility.

The announcement, which came during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona, will see NNNCo run its network core in Australia using the Actility ThingPark IoT software platform and wireless solution.

According to NNNCo CEO Rob Zagarella, this will enable the company to provide greater services for its utilities, council, and government customers, as it will fulfil their data sovereignty, compliance, and security requirements.

“NNNCo is moving into a focused operational stage for 2018 as we expand our IoT network and solutions across Australia, and this agreement is an important step,” Zagarella said during MWC on Wednesday.

“A local server means data is kept in Australia, with faster throughput and the ability to provide more flexible service offerings to our customers and partners.”

Actility’s global footprint will further allow NNNCo to expand throughout the nation, Zagarella said, with the IoT provider aiming to deploy end-to-end solutions for “many” of its customers during 2018.

The announcement follows NNNCo in November announcing its trials with Melbourne’s metropolitan water utilities powered by Actility ThingPark, which tested the coverage, data delivery, and battery life of digital water metering.

In-field trials alongside City West Water, South East Water, and Yarra Valley Water took place on the Mornington Peninsula and in Melbourne’s CBD to test radio communications coverage and data delivery reliability.

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