Nokia Tuesday said it has conducted IoT trial on Finnish operator Sonera’s commercial 4G network using NB-IoT technology. The IoT trial was done to creat an IoT ecosystem in mind, and to provide support for the ever-growing connected devices.
This is Nokia’s first IoT trial in Finland, the company’s homeland.
During the trial, Nokia used NB-IoT technology to communicate information on temperature, humidity and air pressure over Sonera’s commercial 4G network. Both the companies also connected a roaming device over the commercial network using NB-IoT technology.
This IoT trial was done to demonstrate how NB-IoT technology will allow companies to track their mobile assets. For example, how large maintenance firms manage electricians or plumbers with fleets of vehicles or healthcare providers can track the status of patients outside of a hospital.
Sonera’s network used Nokia BTS technology on 800 Mhz frequency band to maximize coverage and connect to devices in areass where other mode of connectivity is difficult. The IoT trial saw speeds of up to 200 kbps.
“In Finland, we have a long tradition of developing and applying new technologies. The trial shows how the use of today’s mobile technology will fuel the continued growth of the IoT ecosystem to transform every aspect of our customers’ business and personal lives,” said Sonera CTO Jari Collin of Sonera.
In the IoT world, networks will need to support billions of remote machines requiring instant connectivity to record and share data for industries such as healthcare, energy, manufacturing, agriculture and transportation. NB-IoT technology is designed to meet these demands, providing the capacity, network reliability and security enabled by commercial mobile networks together with deep indoor coverage and low power consumption, to prolong device battery life to up to 10 years and optimize maintenance costs.
“Support for the programmable world, in which billions of people, devices and things are connected via high-capacity networks, is the cornerstone of Nokia’s strategy. Our strengths in networks, cloud, applications, analytics and security, and our 5G leadership, make Nokia the most qualified to deliver the full potential of IoT. Nokia is constantly developing innovative technologies that allow our customers to evolve their offerings,” said Adolfo Masini, head of IoT connectivity at Nokia.
He said this IoT trial will lay the foundation for an IoT ecosystem in Finland, and allow Sonera to exploit the massive opportunities that it brings.