Tencent has joined the LoRa Alliance as the latest and newest member of the fastest growing technology non-profit association of more than 500 member companies. The LoRa Alliance is committed to enabling large scale deployment of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) IoT through the development and promotion of the LoRaWAN open standard.

Tencent has made significant investments in technology and applications for LoRaWAN and will support further development of the LoRaWAN ecosystem. The Chinese investor also announced plans to build a LoRaWAN network in the city of Shenzhen with local partners. Moreover, it offers device-edge-cloud LoRaWAN solutions on its network for a wide variety of IoT application and end users, which includes government public services and others.

Hongtao Bie, vice president of Tencent Technologies, said: “It is clear that LPWANs are essential for the IoT technology and applications, and the market is quickly growing in China, especially in areas like government public services, industry manufacturing, [and] personal IoT devices.”

Last month, Tencent signed a memorandum of understanding with Nokia to work on R&D and explore the potential of 5G for the larger good of billions of internet users in the country. Both companies would be conducting an end-to-end 5G test environment in Shenzhen and will also leverage the AI and automation management capabilities enabled by 5G to promote international standards and an open-source ecosystem to expand the evolution of latest services. Their collaboration will benefit a number of markets, which includes entertainment, transportation, intelligent manufacturing, energy and finance.