According to TeleGeography Mobile operator A1 Belarus has begun selling NB-IoT module equipment for developers of IoT solutions for businesses and consumers, with connectivity provided via a special ‘NB-IoT Telemetry’ tariff on favourable terms including a month’s free service plus a free SIM chip instead of a standard SIM card. A1 highlights that its NB-IoT network is available in all large regional cities of Belarus, connecting a wide range of autonomous devices including various sensors, meters, smart home systems and others, and is being used by housing and communal services providers, the energy sector, logistics companies, as well as smart city ventures. NB-IoT equipment offered to developers includes the Quectel BC68JA-02-STD module – allowing connections of up to 50,000 devices to one base station – and the Quectel BC68JATEB debugging board.
MTS Belarus has partnered Minsk gas provider Minskoblgaz to pilot domestically-manufactured NB-IoT-connected gas meters installed in apartments in Minsk city and region. MTS Belarus’ 900MHz NB-IoT network was launched commercially in January 2018, with international NB-IoT roaming tested on the network in March 2019 in partnership with its parent MTS (Russia).
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