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Telefónica and Huawei to launch NB-IoT Open Lab in Chile

Written on Thursday, 29 June 2017 10:40

Spanish telecom giant Telefónica and Huawei have announced the opening of an Open IoT Lab to work on the development of products and applications related to Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technology.

Telefónica´s NB-IoT Open Lab to be opened in Chile in the next few months aims to boost the IoT business ecosystem and drive innovation in the IoT space. It will allow IoT players such as equipment vendors, service providers, end-user OEM device makers and application developers, to deploy faster their services and applications over Telefónica´s networks.

They will also have early access to new IoT developments by combining Huawei resources and capabilities with Telefónica´s well established R&D Centre´s facilities, resources and know-how.

As Hernán Orellana, CEO I+D Chile, said: “This Open Lab will allow us to put Chile at the forefront of technology, especially in the IoT networks arena, more precisely NB-IOT, where our experience is already recognized in the industry.”

This Open LAB will have a permanent showroom in Telefónica´s headquarters in Madrid where the newest IoT solutions coming from Chile will be demoed regularly.

Telefónica Chile’s R&D Centre is a joint initiative between Telefónica and the Chilean government with the goal of promoting an open and participatory Internet of Things ecosystem.

The NB-IoT Open Lab in Chile IoT Competence Centre will be a meeting point for the IoT community in order to foster the use of the new technologies by organizing events such as “plug-fests”, collaborative design and testing, tutorial sessions and co-development programs for start-ups amongst others.

It is a fruitful networking space where different players in the delivery chain can work together to boost the adoption of new IoT services. Telefónica and Huawei jointly deployed the first field NB-IoT smart metering service in Chile during 2016.This initiative enables the roll out of such experiences to many other areas and applications.

Vicente Muñoz, Chief IoT Officer at Telefónica, explains: “Telefónica NB-IoT Open Lab is an IoT space that aims at building a complete ecosystem of partners, manufacturers, technicians, developers and designers to bring the best solutions to market around Mobile IoT networks. Chile NB-IoT Open Lab will accelerate the development of IoT commercial solutions and ensure they are supported by a broad ecosystem.”

Patrick Zhang, President, Huawei Marketing and Solutions Department said, “We are proud to be partnering with Telefónica in the creation of the NB-IoT Open Lab. The NB-IoT Open Lab will strengthen the strategic cooperation between Huawei and Telefónica on technology innovation and eco-system maturation relating to NB-IoT. Huawei will work closely with Telefónica to launch the NB-IoT Open Lab for the continuous technology evolution and acceleration of the commercial deployment.”

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French telecoms giant Orange has primarily chosen LTE-M to be progressively deployed on its 4G networks in Europe, starting with Belgium and Spain this year before the rest of the Group's European footprint.

This versatile and cost-effective technology is seen by Orange to support the broadest of uses, connecting - in a secure and scalable way - a wide variety of IoT devices, from smart utility meters, asset monitoring trackers, vending machines and alarm systems to fleets of vehicles, heavy equipment, mHealth and wearables. It also offers rapid deployment involving a simple software upgrade to the Group's existing global 4G network.

The group is also launching new LTE-M pilots this year, amongst them one on smart electric metering (to remotely control power consumption and adapt user subscriptions); and another on wearables (to measure individual movement, positioning, temperature or other health-related information). For those pilots, Orange is working closely with leading LTE-M chipset manufacturers: Altair Semiconductor, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Sequans as well as various network equipment vendors.

Orange is cementing its commitment to develop the IoT ecosystem with Europe's first LTE-M Open IoT Lab, designed to boost the ecosystem around the Mobile Internet of Things. It is the first of its kind in Europe based on LTE-M technology and is to be launched under the GSMA Mobile IoT initiative.

Available from 1April, the Open IoT Lab is located at Orange Gardens, the Group's innovation campus in Chatillon, France, and is designed to support partners wishing to accelerate the development of LTE-M devices with access to: an IoT Starter Kit; network equipment to test performance, low data rate, coverage extension and energy optimisation features; its IoT & Analytics platform, a key component of the Orange Datavenue IoT solution; and Orange technical experts, designers and marketers to benefit from the Group's go to market ability in industries such as smart cities & territories, automotive & transportation, industry & manufacturing, healthcare and smart home.

The Open IoT Lab also allows partners willing to evaluate how their product or service performs over LTE-M or LoRa technologies as two complementary IoT solutions.

"Futureproof, secured and reliable connectivity is a key pillar of Orange's IoT strategy. By working together with IoT partners, device manufacturers and innovators, we can accelerate the development of the LTE-M technology end-to-end chain, and therefore advance towards the future of the Internet of Things," said Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Executive Vice President Innovation, Marketing and Technologies, Orange.

This LTE-M announcement comes as a new illustration of Orange's investment strategy on LPWA, which started with the opening of a LoRa network in early 2016 in France, now providing indoor or deep indoor coverage in more than 2,000 towns, cities or industrial sites. The Orange LoRa solution serves more than 60 live B2B projects, in numerous verticals such as smart cities, smart building, parking, smart home, industry, supply chain, tracking, and agriculture, and enables Orange and its B2B customers to quickly gain in experience on LPWA benefits.

The Orange LoRa end to end solution will be extended worldwide in July 2017 as an Orange Business Services offer to provide focused coverage on cities, harbours, or industrial sites. To meet all of its customers' needs, Orange also continues testing and evaluating other Mobile IoT technologies, as well as preparing for 5G.

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