The new sites have gone live following Spark’s testing of the technology with partners from a range of industries, from agriculture through to marine.
And according to the telco it is seeing strong demand for the network as a result.
Resource monitoring company Levno is working with Spark to have coverage extended into rural areas as well.
Spark’s GM IoT Solutions, Michael Stribling says: “The ways we’ll be able to use this new network are huge – it will change how our cities and businesses operate”.
“We can put sensors on vehicles and equipment so we know where they are and how they’re being used. Sensors will be able to tell our councils when to carry out maintenance. There are so many examples of how it will help us manage assets better.”
In addition to the country’s urban centres, Spark says it plans to extend the network to rural parts of the Waikato, Manawatu and Canterbury in the 2018 calendar year.
To deliver the network, Spark is working with Levno, who plan to use the network to provide fuel tank, grain silo and milk vat monitoring services to farmers, enabling them to react quickly to issues and increase the efficiency of their operations.
Spark’s national LoRa network is being built by specialist network provider, and IoT rollout experts, Kordia.