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Rogers launching narrowband-IoT network

Canadian communications and media company Rogers Communications Inc. will launch a narrowband internet of things network.

The narrowband-IoT technology is designed to allow stationary IoT devices and sensors to send and receive small amounts of data over long distances, with very low power requirements.

The launch, which will begin with Ontario this year, will complement Rogers national LTE and LTE-M networks and enable low power and secure IoT services, according to a May 21 news release. Rogers will gradually expand its portfolio of IoT services to other municipalities.

The roll-out is part of Rogers' multiyear technology plan to bring 5G technology to Canada. Rogers earlier teamed up with Sweden's Ericsson to offer 5G services in Canada.