Ericsson is building a Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) system for the Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s biggest integrated telecommunications services company, which will make the island to utilize the iot for the first time. Chunghwa Telecom will use the system for trying a list of IoT devices and applications in its laboratory.
NB-IoT is a 3GPP standards which is focused with Low Power Wide Area technology that provides for much needed advancements in subjects such as deep indoor coverage, power consumption, device complexity, system capacity and spectrum efficiency.
The end-to-end NB-IoT solution manufactured for Chunghwa Telecom will consist of a range of Ericsson services
including the Ericsson Radio System, Massive IoT radio access network (RAN) software, virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC), virtual Subscriber Data Management (vSDM), the IoT Smart Device and Application service on the AppIoT platform.
The vEPC is constructed as a dedicated IoT Packet Core, making use of network slicing feature, which provides Chunghwa Telecom to explore variety of machine type communications use cases and instantly bring new services into market.
“Ericsson has been there for long as our leading network provider and has showcased the strong device life-cycle management and integration potentials that are needed for a system of this type. NB-IoT technology is one of our major priorities in 2017, and we are interested to explore more positive chances for the new technology,” said Chen Shyang-Yih, Executive Vice President of Chunghwa Telecom and President of Telecommunication Laboratories.
Håkan Cervell, President of Ericsson Taiwan, says: “This agreement is a real big thing for both companies, and shows that we have made dynamic progress since signing a 5G memorandum of understanding during Mobile World Congress 2017. Together we will look for prospects in5G use cases and applications for the digital change of industry verticals such as transportation and utilities.
Last week, the company introduced a package of network services for cellular IoT connectivity along with a new software and automation features to support Massive IoT on LTE networks.
To put more focus on the past developments, Swisscom became the most advanced European operator to announce plans to carry out initial tests of NB-IoT by the end of 2017 before commercially launching in 2018.
BT is starting trials of NB-IoT in the UK in upcoming months, while Deutsche Telekom and Tele 2 have already launched NB-IoT.