Singtel has teamed up with Ericsson as both firms attempt to get a competitive edge on their rivals in the rapidly growing Internet of Things (IoT) segment.
Ericsson predicts that roughly 28 billion devices will be connected by 2021, of which more than 15 billion will be connected M2M and consumer electronics devices.
The collaboration will start with a trial of Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology beginning in the second half of 2016, the firms said in a press release.
"NB-IoT, a solution which will enable extended coverage and much less complex devices, will enable Singtel to support new IoT use cases in areas such as smart cities, utilities and the environment. Singtel's 4G LTE network already supports low-cost Category 1 (Cat-1) devices, which are built for IoT applications," the press release read.
Tay Soo Meng, group chief technology officer, Singtel, highlighted how the IoT connectivity is an important part of the Singapore Government's Smart Nation initiative, adding that he expects there to be a particular demand to connect a multitude of sensors and devices in a cost-effective manner.
With that in mind, the telecoms firms will focus on power saving capabilities in its networks, enabling energy efficiency benefits for the IoT ecosystem, expecting at least 10 years of battery life.
The press release said that "long-term battery life has become a prerequisite for a vast number of IoT devices" and both believe that is possible to achieve this on existing LTE networks.
It concludes by giving temperature, air quality and flood water sensors as examples of applications that can leverage IoT technologies.