NEW DELHI: An end-to-end Narrow-band IoT (NB-IoT) Solution developed by Huawei to help global operators expand their IoT services into new markets will be made available from September this year.
Introducing the system at Internet of Things (IoT) Summit today in during Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Huawei said it 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 2016.
The 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 Cone in a Box and network functions virtualization (NFV); and a cloud-based IoT Connection Management Platform with big data capabilities.
It 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.
Huawei's Products and Solutions division Marketing & Solutions Department VP Jiang Wangcheng 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." In 2015, Huawei launched the '1+2+1' IoT ICT Strategy.”
Wangcheng added that Huawei was building a robust ecosystem where aimed at exploring new business areas together with customers and partners.
In addition to pursuing technological innovation and developing leading solutions, Huawei has proactively built a strong NB-IoT ecosystem as part of its goal to drive a thriving IoT industry. So far, Huawei has helped operators build NB-IoT open labs to accelerate the development of smart NB-IoT devices and applications. 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.