Huawei today launched its end-to-end Narrow-band IoT (NB-IoT) Solution to help global operators expand their IoT services into new markets. The Chinense company launched the solutions at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai. It aims at 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.
Though the he 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 IoT solution Huawei launched 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 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 addition to pursuing technological innovation and developing leading solutions, Huawei is also building NB-IoT ecosystem as part of its global strategy. In the third quarter of 2016, Huawei will launch SoftRadio, a software suite that allows developers to access NB-IoT labs via the Internet for remote innovation and commissioning. Huawei will also release an IoT open lab whitepaper to provide detailed guidance and support for developers to access and use the open labs.