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By Rich Handley

Kerlink Helps Proximus Expand, Densify LoRaWAN IoT Network in Belgium

Kerlink, a provider of network solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced that it will supply Proximus, a provider of telephony, Internet, television and network-based ICT services in Belgium, with 800 stations for Proximus's long-range wide-area network (LoRaWAN) IoT network in that country.

This network densification with geolocation-ready Kerlink Wirnet iBTS Standard stations follows Proximus's deployment of a LoRaWAN IoT network in 2015 with 130 Kerlink Wirnet Stations, and Wirnet iBTS Standard reference. When the additional rollout is completed by year's end, the company reports, the network will have more than 1,000 Kerlink Wirnet units in the field.

Targeting public network operators, Wirnet iBTS Standard and Wirnet iBTS Compact stations are deployed outdoors and provide carrier-grade versatile, long-range, two-way and geolocation-ready connectivity. Kerlink's customers worldwide have deployed several thousand of these stations for IoT dedicated networks to date.

"In addition to its increasing deployment to power new networks in Europe, South Asia and South America, the Wirnet product range readily supports cell densification and enhanced service, like geolocation or native security for remote management of gateways," said Yann Bauduin, Kerlink's director of sales for operators, in a prepared statement. "Wirnet iBTS Standard stations' modularity offers increased coverage through cell densification by simply adding an extra LoRaWAN module. Its geolocation-ready design also enables a fast ramp up to deploy innovative location-based services, natively localizing each end device through the network."

"Launching a cell-densification project in a short time after starting the deployment of our LoRaWAN network in Belgium is testimony to the positive reception and increasing use of the network by our customers," said Alex Thomas, Proximus's IoT program manager, in the prepared statement. "We tested Kerlink's Wirnet stations before deployment, and they demonstrated that they fully meet the expectations of users, backed by the Kerlink team's constant customer support and confirmed expertise."

"This new IoT network has already stimulated innovations and opened the door to new business models," added Joke Tisaun, Proximus's IoT product manager, in the statement. "This is the case for some interesting applications we support today, like measuring the fullness of glass containers in order to optimize pick-up routes and enhance customer experience. In addition, we launched a project with the biggest gas supplier in Belgium, where we will monitor the gas tanks of people in their homes, to improve the service they can offer to their end-customers."

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