Agriculture Needs to Be Smarter
LTE and LTE-Advanced networks have always been deployed to deliver consumer services, with each technical advancement ushering in better speeds and coverage. However, as mobile network vendors and operators start to deploy LTE-Advanced Pro and invest in 5G, new application areas are being explored, especially in IoT verticals. Many claim that new business segments need to be addressed before nationwide 5G deployments can be justifiable. While the IoT application is well received due to seamless integration with edge computing and local area network in industrial manufacturing, IoT in agriculture remains an unknown entity, even more so in the context of Southeast Asia.
The reasons are obvious. Farms and plantations, such as rubber and palm oil plantations in Southeast Asia, are often located in off-grid, rural areas with limited or no network connectivity. This not only means that there is no way to deploy an IoT solution, but it also means that there is no basic mobile Internet or, in some extreme cases, voice connectivity. The lack of economies of scale is also a …
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