Huawei, Vodafone jointly launch open NB-IoT lab

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Huawei and Vodafone Group have launched a new Open IoT Lab to help develop new products and applications based on narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technology.

The lab will serve as a pre-integration testing environment for application developers and device, module and chip manufacturers. It is the first of seven facilities that Huawei plans to open.

Huawei and Vodafone are already working with a number of companies to develop NB-IoT applications. The companies jointly demonstrated smart metering at MWC2015 and completed the first successful commercial trial of pre-standard NB-IoT in November that year.

“With our decade-long strategic partnership with Vodafone, the creation of this lab is another important milestone in our long term relationship,” Huawei president of wireless products David Wang said.

“Working with Vodafone, we have accelerated standardization of the technology and carried out successful pre-commercial trials. This facility will be crucial in supporting the deployment of NB-IoT globally and contribute to the promotion of its ecosystem.”

NB-IoT promises significantly improved network coverage for IoT communications, and supports a large number of connections while lowering power consumption. It has applications in a range of areas, including utility meters, sensor monitoring and asset tracking.

The first devices using the technology are expected in late 2016 or early 2017.

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