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What is Start IoT?

Start IoT is an initiative organized by Telenor Research that offers easy access to an IoT development environment and IoT community for learning and sharing of experiences.


Are you a student interested in IoT? Are you a hobbyist or an entrepreneur willing to learn more and implement your ideas in an inspiring environment? Then you should become a member of our Start IoT community!


The Start IoT offering includes all you need to embark the IoT journey and it is free of charge. To be more specific: You are given a devkit, sensors and one ‘IoT on 4G’ enabled SIM card for 6 months, given that you do not exceed a maximum of 50 Mbyte IoT on 4G traffic. Free use of the MIC platform is also part of the deal. After the 6 months, or when the data quota is reached, you may be contacted by Telenor Norway for a commercial offering.

Becoming part of the Start IoT community, you may benefit from knowledge and ideas shared by other IoT developers. You are also allowed to publish your achievements, and perhaps you’ll find a partner for your future work. In some cases, the community members will receive dedicated support by Start IoT team and closer interaction with Telenor Research.

Start IoT users can access the enablement platform MIC (Managed IoT Cloud) which is developed by Telenor Connexion. This platform is built on top of Amazon Web Service IoT capabilities and handles the basic functionality that most LPWAN IoT services need. MIC provides for instance a dashboard editor with click and drag widget functionality.

When you have registered as a member of the Start IoT community you will be able to order the devkit that is most suitable for your project. You can choose between three devkits, all meant for use in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN): The Arduino MKR1500 , The Pycom Fipy and The EE Ublox Sara R410M breakout.

The devkits provided by Pycon and Arduino support both NB-IoT and LTE Cat M1 while the breakout board designed and manufactured by Exploratory Engineering (EE) supports NB-IoT only.

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available devkits the Start IoT team will select the applicants based on quality of the project ideas.

The package includes a DHT11 temperature sensor and a humidity sensor on a breakout board easily connected to the main device. A small LED lamp is also included to show power on/off.

Start IoT aims at being network connectivity agnostic within the Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) segment. Today the Start IoT package includes free use of the NB-IoT and LTE Cat M1 networks.

As a member of the community you can share and learn and be invited for workshops and hackathons.

  • Meet similar passionate geeks and get expert support.
  • Join discussions on innovation and data driven services.
  • Work in teams to solve real-world problems.
  • Explore and gain hands on experiences.

Why Start IoT?

Telenor believes that the Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the key technologies that will shape the future.

Join us in shaping the future!

Join us in shaping the future together!

The Start IoT team hopes to see you as a member of the Start IoT community. You find the registration form on top of this page.


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