Huawei, Gemalto to develop low-power NB IoT modules

NB-IoTHuawei, via its semiconductor arm HiSilicon, announced partnership with Gemalto to develop low-power NarrowBand (NB) IoT modules for device manufacturers.

With IoT picking momentum, NB IoT modules connecting objects to networks are forecast to represent over 20 percent of all cellular shipments by 2021, according to ABI Research.
The NB IoT solution combines an extra level of security and consumes very low power to help manufacturers reduce the cost and size of their devices, and lengthen the battery life of the devices to up to ten years.

Huawei’s NB IoT has been developed to address lower bit rates and lower cost segments, and works virtually anywhere. With its ability to enhance battery life for longer period, the modules will support applications like parking sensors, intruder and fire alarms, personal healthcare appliances, tracking devices, street lamps and more.

“2017 is the year of commercial NB IoT rollouts for us, and we will be building 30 such networks in 20 countries worldwide by the end of the year. Huawei has been a major player in this arena, and we continue to capitalize on this vast opportunity,” said XiongWei, president of LTE solution, Huawei.

“The combination of our expertise in IoT cellular connectivity, and digital security, and Huawei’s high-performance NB IoT chipsets will help device manufacturers and service providers take the plunge into cellular IoT mass deployment thanks to a standardized solution,” said Suzanne Tong-Li, SVP Greater China and Korea for Mobile Services and IoT and China president, Gemalto.

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