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Connexin Extend LoRaWAN Wireless Network to 4.8 Million UK Homes

Friday, Nov 3rd, 2023 (11:32 am) - Score 2,200
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Network operator and broadband ISP Connexin has announced that their wireless Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) technology, which is designed to connect low power IoT sensors and meters, has now grown its coverage to reach devices in and around 4.8 million UK homes.

Wireless LoRa networks typically harness only a small slice of lower frequency radio spectrum (usually in one of the sub-1GHz bands like 868MHz or 915MHz) in order to support a relatively slow, but extremely low power, data connection. Such networks tend to run at sub-Megabit speeds (often under 0.05Mbps), but some variants can also handle several Megabits (Mbps).

NOTE: The operator is backed by an investment of £80m from PATRIZIA.

Suffice to say that, while inadequate for modern internet surfing, this is still more than enough if all you’re trying to do is keep a bunch of tiny – often battery powered – IoT devices connected (often for years on end) over a very wide area. For example, Connexin’s network is already being used to connect smart water meters (pictured), which help water utility companies to monitor consumption patterns, spot leaks and reduce water loss.

Making a splash in the utilities landscape, Connexin is now set to expand this network even further with plans to connect an additional 400,000 IoT sensors to make UK water smarter.

Dan Preece, VP of IoT at Connexin, said:

“Our growth in the IoT and digital infrastructure space over the past year has been off the charts. We continue to invest significant resources into boosting our LoRaWAN infrastructure, ensuring top-notch coverage and rock-solid reliability to cater to the ever-expanding needs of the many businesses and communities embracing IoT applications.”

At the same time as this, Connexin is also still in the process of rolling out a new 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network across parts of Hull and Yorkshire in England (here). The company aims to cover 500,000 premises and has reportedly already connected 25,000 customers, although it’s unclear if they’re all from the new FTTP network.

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7 Responses
  1. Avatar photo I make money from thin air, my name is ofcom. says:

    Great.
    A big commercial company is going to use up all the free spectrum for LoRA which was supposed to be for makers/hackers/enthusiasts. Fantastic.

    1. Avatar photo 10BaseT says:

      And what stops you from using the same spectrum?

    2. Avatar photo Ben says:

      It’s unlicensed spectrum for anyone to use – and plenty of companies do. I wouldn’t want it monopolised though, so share some of your concerns. The rules for these bands do restrict transmission power and timings, but potentially if they deploy enough gear then interference could become an issue. My understanding is that shouldn’t happen though.

  2. Avatar photo I hate Starlink says:

    I wish these comments were moderated.

    1. Avatar photo IFLS says:

      So you can be banned from here too?

    2. Avatar photo go back says:

      me too, can’t stand you elon musk arse kissers.

  3. Avatar photo Good news for Alford says:

    Not about the same, but Quickline is installing fttp around towns in Lincolnshire. Now in Alford. Some good news for the area.

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