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US cable TV eyes up LoRa, as an IoT diversification

At MWC, George Kakatsakis, VP of CableLabs’ advanced technology group, confirmed that CableLabs has built a small LoRa network to examine whether the LPWAN protocol is a new business opportunity for cablecos. The network, in Boulder and Denver, Colorado, where CableLabs is based, includes base stations and back-end systems. As a cable industry consortium, CableLabs essentially gets to decide industry standards for the cable TV market. The non-profit is probably best known for the DOCSIS spec, which provides broadband over cable lines, but also signs off on things like the WiFi standard for cable Consumer Premises Equipment (CPE). This oversight would mean that CableLabs could end up defining the LoRa requirements for cablcos, writing the spec that would incorporate LoRa…

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