(File pix) Maxis Bhd says starting today, it is activating its Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in selected areas within key IoT market centres, which include Cyberjaya, Penang, Kuching, Putrajaya, Johor Bahru and KLCC.

KUALA LUMPUR: Maxis Bhd has launched the first commercial Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) service in Malaysia.

Maxis said starting today, it is activating its NB-IoT network in selected areas within key IoT market centres, which include Cyberjaya, Penang, Kuching, Putrajaya, Johor Bahru and KLCC.

As part of the launch, Maxis will also offer NB-IoT solutions and promote the development of the local ecosystem through sharing of global best practices and the curation of best in breed solutions.

Businesses will now be able to deploy industrial IoT applications to form new data streams, enabling actionable insights by connecting simple devices such as sensors, Maxis said in a statement.

NB-IoT, a dedicated network for IoT technology, brings 5G-like capabilities albeit for lower bandwidth applications, today, and has the ability to support millions of connected things which consumes very low power and therefore lends itself to delivering a long battery life.

The technology will power up Big Data and enable advanced data analytics to help make decisions in areas such as potential cost savings, improved efficiency and new business opportunities.

Maxis said to bring this project to life, the company, as Vodafone’s preferred IoT partner in Malaysia, will be leveraging its existing collaboration with the company by having access to its global experience in NB-IoT deployment across multiple countries.

“There is an immense amount of opportunities for NB-IoT especially around big data analytics and in enabling real life use cases.

“The launch will encourage the development of an ecosystem of partners, developers and customers that will offer even more opportunities for enterprises, to better manage and optimise their assets, their environment, their energy usage and the safety of their people, and to unlock potentital for the delivery of new services in the Malaysian market.

“This is a significant step for us as it sets standards in the deployment of IoT solutions,” said Maxis head of enterprise Paul McManus.