China Unicom to boost IoT biz with Huawei

China Unicom announced its partnership with Huawei to boost IoT business.

As part of the proposal, Huawei has tied up with China Unicom Shanghai and China Unicom Research Institute to deploy Cellular Internet of Things (CIoT) Pilot based on 4.5G LTE-Machine to Machine (LTE-M).

Meanwhile, Huawei will be attending the 2015 Mobile World Congress (MWC) Asia in Shanghai from 14 – 17 July.

LTE-M, which will accelerate IoT business of telecom operators, will be commercialized globally in 2016.

China Unicom Shanghai has piloted Smart Parking for commercial applications of LTE-M-based CIoT technologies that will assist help China Unicom to boost IoT business.

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Huawei said the Smart Parking system piloted in Shanghai involves data collection by parking stall detectors which report the status to the server through LTE-M. Drivers can search for available parking spots around the city at any time using a mobile app.

LTE-M is one of the key features of 4.5G and the latest CIoT technology. Compared with LTE, LTE-M can increase in-depth coverage by up to 100 times and number of connections by over 1000 times with only ten percent of power consumption on the device.

LTE-M requires only 200KHz spectral resources and reuses existing network resources, which enable carriers to carry out rapid and efficient construction of LTE-M networks.

“Huawei supports carriers’ efforts in overcoming technical challenges encountered when entering vertical industries and helps them seize the vast potential opportunities,” said William Wang, president of Huawei Wireless FDD Product Line.

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