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TrueNet to manage network build-out for M2M Spectrum Networks

Iain Morris
April 22, 2014
 
Following on from news of its launch, M2M Spectrum Networks has named TrueNet Communications as a new strategic partner for the construction of its network, which the company claims will be the first in the US dedicated to M2M services.

TrueNet (Jacksonville, FL, USA) is to take responsibility for managing the build-out of the network from the second quarter of this year, with M2M Spectrum Networks (Phoenix, AZ, USA) aiming to cover 75% of the population by the end of 2015 and 95% by the end of 2016.

“We are incredibly proud to be one of the strategic partners selected by M2M Spectrum Networks to build their national all-IP M2M network for businesses, critical infrastructure and public safety,” said Frank Del Col, TrueNet’s president and chief executive. “Industry pundits had foreseen the need for a purpose-built network whose core function is to power the Internet of Things, but until now, no one had put together the nationwide spectrum necessary to deliver on that vision.”

TrueNet says that many companies want to exploit the capabilities of M2M communications but are “hampered” by the plans of existing wireless operators to decommission the 2G networks on which many M2M services currently rely.

Both AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA) – the country’s two biggest cellular operators – have unveiled plans to shut down 2G networks by 2020.

While less bandwidth-hungry M2M services have largely relied on 2G to date, many companies appear to be migrating their services to 3G and 4G technology as equipment costs fall and these more advanced networks become more widely available.

Even so, M2M Spectrum Networks believes there is an opportunity to serve customers in the energy and asset-tracking industries – among others – with a technology that is “purpose-built” for M2M.

Accordingly, it is developing a wide area data radio system based on licensed spectrum and proprietary technology.

“I am excited about this partnership with TrueNet,” said Doreen Trant, senior vice president of network implementation at M2M Spectrum Networks. “Partnering with TrueNet allows us the scale, resources, speed, and flexibility we require in order to meet our aggressive build plans over the next few years.”

TrueNet will manage all aspects of the build-out, added M2M Spectrum Networks, including logistics, construction, provisioning and commissioning.

The companies also say that operational personnel from M2M Spectrum Networks will be based at TrueNet’s headquarters to facilitate their cooperation while the build-out is under way.
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