Intellihub joins our IoT network

Today we’re announcing a new $100 million deal with Intellihub that will see us provide up to 4.1 million Internet of Things (IoT) SIMs to Intellihub over the next decade.
David Burns · 07 February 2022 · 2 minute read

It’s our largest ever IoT deal in terms of value and the number of connected devices and will connect Intellihub and its customers to our IoT network – Australia’s largest

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The IoT SIMs will be incorporated into Intellihub’s smart meters to deliver real-time monitoring and insights to help Intellihub and its customers better manage things like energy demand, solar feed-ins and peaks and troughs.

This solution demonstrates the power of Telstra IoT in finding real-world solutions and will enable Intellihub’s smart meters to get even smarter, providing Intellihub and its customers with deeper, real-time insights to manage the different elements of the energy network.

Intellihub was founded four years ago and has grown significantly with more than 1 million meters installed and around 1000 new meters going in every day. Our IoT SIM will be soldered into each device at the point of manufacture.

The deal also provides Intellihub with price certainty for the next 10 years – key for its next phase of growth.

We’ve already hit the ground running with around half a million Intellihub smart meters connected to our IoT network so far.

Australia’s largest IoT network

The deal comes at an exciting time for us, with more than five million devices now connected to our IoT network. The importance of IoT continues to grow with more than 50,000 devices being connected to our IoT network every month and, as of today, around 1.2 million devices are connected to a Telstra LPWAN.

Leveraging our mobile network infrastructure, our Cellular Low Power Wide Area Networks (Cellular LPWANs) are built specifically for scaled IoT deployments to provide better, cost-efficient coverage.

We have the largest IoT network in Australia – around four million square kilometres of NB-IoT coverage and around three million square kilometres of LTE-M coverage. These networks are built specifically for scaled IoT deployments and provide better, cost efficient coverage even in challenging locations that high bandwidth technologies may not reach, including underground where digital meters are often located.

IoT connects everything from vehicles to machines, infrastructure, smart meters, buildings, connected vehicles, solar panels, humidity sensors, traffic cones, buses, whitegoods and garbage trucks, delivering insights and tools that previously weren’t possible.

Connected technologies, such as our IoT deal with Intellihub, are helping organisations use connected technology to drive positive customer experiences and help remotely monitor their network, equipment and assets.


By David Burns

Group Executive, Telstra Enterprise

David Burns has three decades of experience in the telecommunications and technology sectors, having held a variety of strategic roles with IBM across Australia, the Asia Pacific region, North America and the United Kingdom, before joining Telstra in 2012.

As Group Executive, Telstra Enterprise, David is responsible for revenues in excess of $8bn, managing a growing business that delivers leading connectivity, platforms, applications and tailored industry solutions and services to Telstra's enterprise and government customers. The role is also responsible for Enterprise's international customers and operations across 20 countries, including the largest subsea cable network in the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to leading Telstra Enterprise, David was Group Executive, Global Business Services, responsible for establishing and delivering scaled support services and enablement functions to all of Telstra and service operations for Telstra customers. Since joining the company, he has also overseen Telstra’s International Business as well as the NAS (Network & Application Services) business.

Prior to joining Telstra, David was General Manager, IBM Global Technology Services (GTS). Based in London, he was responsible for IBM’s IT services and outsourcing sales and delivery functions for the United Kingdom and Ireland. He has also held a number of industry facing roles at IBM covering the financial services, utilities and government sectors, in Tokyo and New York.

David began his career as a marketing representative at IBM in Adelaide. He holds a Bachelor of Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the South Australian Institute of Technology, now the University of South Australia.

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