Nokia, Ericson and Intel Collaborate to Ensure Next Generation Wireless Connectivity

By CIOReview | Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Nokia, Ericson and Intel Corporation are working together to accelerate Narrow-Band Long-Term Evolution (NB-LTE) technology compatible products and ensure new IoT applications for consumers, industry and government.

NB-LTE is an alternative of 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology. 4G LTE, a wireless communication for high speed data; is based on Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) network technologies.

The evolution of IoT, has increased demand for wireless communications advanced equipments which will be capable to manage large data flow. NB-LTE delivers a narrow-band option for applications, low implementation cost, ease of use and power efficiency, making it an ideal wireless connectivity technology for the IoT domain. NB-LTE can be deployed in 200kHz channels, compared with 1.4MHz for LTE-M. It can be easily integrated across the existing LTE networks in shared spectrum without the need of overlay network, offering economic and scalable IoT ecosystem.

LTE has a much longer shelf-life and supports redesigning of IoT infrastructure along with large-scale M2M deployments such as smart meters, where equipment would be replaced rarely.

Now Nokia, Ericsson and Intel Corporation will support NB-LTEtechnology to bring the products needed for the commercialization of NB-LTE timed with market demand.

"We believe in building an ecosystem around NB-LTE to speed up the take-up of the Internet of Things. This development will bring consumers benefits such as enhanced and improved connectivity of devices, and at lower cost," says Stephan Litjens, VP of Portfolio Strategy & Analytics, Nokia Networks.

Intel planned to roll outfor NB-LTE chipsets and products, developing its LTE portfolio by the beginning of next yearto enable slim form factors. Nokia and Ericsson will provide the required network upgrades to support an extension of existing LTE networks with NB-LTE.