700 MHz NB IoT Network for Florida Utility Announced
Friday, June 21, 2019 | Comments

Puloli, a provider of wide-area internet of things (IoT) network connectivity services, adopted Sequans Communications’ technology and Pycom’s module to provide narrowband IoT (NB IoT) connectivity to critical infrastructure industries. Puloli is providing full turnkey private IoT network as a service (NaaS) to its customers and is using Sequans and Pycom technology to connect the end-user devices running on its network.

Puloli’s network operates on a wide range of frequency bands, including licensed upper 700 MHz A block spectrum. The Puloli network is now live in northern Florida in partnership with a utility service provider in the region. The FCC certified Puloli’s network elements and devices.

“Puloli is addressing a very powerful trend in the U.S. utility market and is enabling municipalities and utilities to provide smart energy services and develop new business models, benefitting utilities and their customers,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “The results of our work with Puloli and Pycom are now visible and we are very excited to see Puloli’s ground-breaking network operational.”

Together with Select Spectrum, a spectrum rights consulting company, and its utility partner in northern Florida, Puloli launched what it called the world’s first, stand-alone, private NB-IoT network for a critical infrastructure industry. Remote units based on Sequans/Pycom modules are being deployed to support various applications.

“The 20 utilities and other critical infrastructure companies that have already purchased upper 700 MHz A Block licenses did so based on the availability of a range of industrial grade, high-capacity and highly reliable radios,” said Robert Finch, president of Select Spectrum. “The addition of the NB-IoT low-cost, long-range, low-power devices based on the Sequans-Pycom platform allows these license holders, and other similar companies, to consider additional applications for these frequencies.”

In addition to this project with Puloli addressing utility markets, Sequans also adapted its technology for other markets, including aviation, transportation, public safety and satellite.

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