NEW DELHI: Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies has launched its end-to-end Narrow-band IoT (NB-IoT) solution to help global operators expand their IoT services into new markets at today’s Internet of Things (IoT) Summit during Mobile World Congress Shanghai (MWC Shanghai) 2016,
Huawei is committed to providing comprehensive technologies and business support services for the upcoming large-scale commercialization of IoT, and enabling telecom operators’ to turn IoT into a basic service in the future.
The NB-IoT solution will be available in September 2016. Huawei plans to conduct a large commercial trial in the fourth quarter of this year and release the solution for large-scale commercial use in late December of 2016.
“The end-to-end NB-IoT Solution includes: Smart Device Solution enabled by Huawei LiteOS and NB-IoT Chipset; eNodeB base stations that can smoothly evolve to NB-IoT; the IoT Packet Core that supports flexible deployment of Core in a Box and network functions virtualization (NFV); and a cloud-based IoT Connection Management Platform with big data capabilities. This solution is designed to meet operators’ requirements for IoT services with low-power and wide-area (LPWA) coverage. Developed based on 3GPP standards, the solution underpins flexible networking under various industry and use scenarios. In addition, the solution’s devices and platform can be made easily accessible to NB-IoT device and application partners, which makes it possible to rapidly achieve business innovation and scenario-based customization,” the company said.
“The number of cellular IoT connections worldwide will grow seven-fold over the next three to four years. NB-IoT will be a key driver for this trend – it will also be one of the key untapped markets for operators,” said Jiang Wangcheng, Vice President of the Marketing & Solutions Department under Huawei’s Products and Solutions division.
“In 2015, Huawei launched the ‘1+2+1’ IoT ICT Strategy. As commercial deployment draws near, our end-to-end NB-IoT Solution will be part of our core IoT strategy and drive the commercialization of IoT applications. Apart from that, we are also building up a robust ecosystem where we aim to explore new business areas together with our carrier customers and partners. At Huawei, we are very confident and fully ready to enter a new era of IoT commercialization,” said Wangcheng.