Huawei has once again proved its commitment towards turning IoT into a basic service by announcing the launch of its end-to-end Narrow-band IoT (NB-IoT) Solution nb-iotat the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2016. With this solution, it aims to help global operators expand their IoT services into new markets.
One can expect Huawei’s NB-IoT solution to hit the market in September this year, post which Huawei plans to conduct a large commercial trial before it releases the solution for large-scale commercial use in December.
With its end-to-end NB-IoT Solution, which is part of Huawei’s core IoT strategy, the company will meet operators’ requirements for IoT services with low-power and wide-area (LPWA) coverage, and drive IoT application commercialization. Here is what companies can expect in this end-to-end NB IoT solution: a 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.
Huawei claims that operators can expect several benefits out of this solution. For instance:
· Ensure rapid full network coverage of NB-IoT: Its SingleRAN architecture will allow operators to evolve their networks, reduce network costs, extend NB-IoT connections worldwide, and increase market share.
· Enable industry-specific smart NB-IoT devices: Huawei LiteOS provides protocol stacks with low-power consumption that can be directly invoked by developers. Huawei LiteOS can also work with the NB-IoT chips and IoT platforms of Huawei and third parties.
· Open up and enables industry-specific applications to maximize the value of connectivity: With IoT agent, the cloud-based IoT Connection Management Platform enables open connection management, open big data capabilities, and open innovation for industry-specific applications. These functions can support faster adoption of NB-IoT across industries, and maximize the value of connectivity for operators and industry customers.
It is worth noting that Huawei has been proactively working towards building a strong NB-IoT ecosystem. So far, it has helped operators build NB-IoT open labs to accelerate the development of smart NB-IoT devices and applications.