Huawei to launch NB-IoT solution in early 2017

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Huawei has revealed plans to commercialize its end-to-end narrowband IoT solution early next year, to help operators expand their IoT services into new markets.

The vendor plans to release the world's first 3GPP standards-based NB-IoT commercial system-on-a-chip, Boudica, that can be deployed with the Huawei LightOS operating system.

Huawei has meanwhile unveiled SoftRadio, a software suite to help developers access NB-IoT open labs via the internet.

The solution will also involve eNodeB base stations, an IoT packet core supporting flexible deployment of Core in a Box and NFV, as well as a cloud-based IoT connection management platform with big data capabilities.

The converged NB-IoT offering will be tested in a large commercial trial this quarter before being released to the market in early 2017.

"NB-IoT has unique advantages in supporting IoT applications. Huawei will help carriers accelerate the commercial adoption of NB-IoT and the maturing of the industry chain,” Huawei VP of marketing and solutions Jiang Wangcheng said.

“The IoT project and the success achieved so far fully demonstrate this commitment of ours.”

Huawei's launch plans were announced at the Huawei eco-CONNECT Europe 2016 conference held in Paris last week.

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