Vodafone Collaborated with Huawei to Roll Out Narrowband IoT Lab

By CIOReview | Friday, April 29, 2016
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FREMONT, CA:  Vodafone join hands with Huawei for launching a Narrowband Internet of Things (NBIoT) lab at Berkshire headquarters of Vodafone to commercialize and develop Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) systems by utilizing narrowband networking. Narrowband is a radio transmission methodology to carry information precisely in narrow frequency range. It is widely known as the most efficient technology for the Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) and it is suppose to provide connectivity to about 1.4bn IoT devices by this decade’s end. The reason behind this expansion is that, Narrowband permits large group of sensor devices to share very less bandwidth by utilizing less power, which provides expansion to the IoT projects.

The key for the whole collaboration is to build projects with large-scale deployment caliber, which will cut down the IoT related cost. Both companies are planning to cut costs to few dollars for each module that can be achieved with the maturation and scale of the technology.

The NBIoT lab will help in establishing the concept of Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) that will provide connectivity as the backbone for IoT by which developer can concentrate on their business models and use cases. The lab allows six developers to work on concurrent projects along with an area for demonstration. Vodafone and Huawei are hoping on a higher ROI, while they also claim to have implemented the lab in some startups to aim for an even higher project turnovers.

While mainly focusing on deploying of IoT to large-scale and some utility companies that rolls out smart metering systems that are already interested in NBIoT. Huawei laboratory demonstrated the smart metering system previously. NBIoT simplifies things for the companies who do not want to set up their own Proprietary WAN for deploying effective smart metering.

“It provides an environment for small players in the value chain and a platform for industry to plug into to speed up deployment,” says Dave Liu, Solutions Marketing Director, Vodafone Account, Huawei.