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Telecom Italia urges 2017 NB-IoT deployment

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LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS SHANGHAI: Luigi Licciardi, head of standards and technology disclosure at Telecom Italia, wants the industry to keep up momentum on the road to commercialising Narrowband (NB)-IoT, insisting that roll-out should not be delayed past 2017.

Licciardi said he has been concerned by talk at Mobile World Congress Shanghai which suggested the launch of the low power wide area (LPWA) network for IoT could be pushed to 2018, stating bluntly that the industry “needs this technology available as soon as possible”.

Speaking on a panel at the event alongside representatives from Vodafone and Chinese operators China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, Licciardi said business had to begin in 2017, a timeframe also targeted by its European rival.

“The industry has started to do proof of concept, and a range of pilots and trials, but in all honesty we need this technology available to address the important issues. I was worried when I heard 2018, because the model is not particularly complex. We need to have the compatible chipsets and devices available as soon as possible.”

Licciardi’s urgency could be explained by the fact that the NB-IoT standard is one of many LPWA technologies on the market, with competition coming from established proprietary rivals such as Ingenu, Sigfox and the LoRA Alliance. The NB-IoT standard was only officially ratified by 3GPP earlier this month.

Earlier in the week at the GTI Summit, Luke Ibbetson, Vodafone’s head of strategy and R&D, however played down competition in LPWA, as he described NB-IoT “as the real deal”.

Do more than connections                                           
During today’s panel, all five operators opened up on how they were now ramping up their efforts to test use cases for the network in their labs, and Huang Yuhong, deputy general manager at China Mobile and vice chair of the NB-IoT Forum, said operators should look to do more than just provide connections for IoT.

“Connections is not enough,” she said. “We can also build service platforms and help development, which means we can provide more value added service. By doing more, we can also provide more integrated solutions for our customers.”

Source: Mobile World Live

NB-IoT Forum is preparing to take off

The NB-IoT forum will bring together all of the industry and ecosystem partners in a way which helps deliver NB-IoT to the market as quickly as possible. The forum will be hosted within an existing industry level organisation.

NB-IoT is the emerging industry solution for deployment of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks using licenced operator spectrum, in-band, guard band and stand-alone deployments, and is expected to have global scale. The new technology is designed to provide deep coverage of hard to reach places, supporting a massive number of low throughput, ultra-low cost devices, with low device power consumption and optimised network architecture.

The NB-IoT forum aims to:

  • facilitate demonstrations and proof of concept trials which strengthen the NB-IoT solution to meet LPWA requirements;
  • lead partners to build a strong end-to-end industry chain for NB-IoT future growth and development;
  • drive and proliferate NB-IoT applications in vertical markets for new business opportunities;
  • promote collaboration between all NB-IoT industry partners to ensure interoperability of solutions.

China Mobile, Etisalat, LG Uplus, Shanghai Unicom, Telecom Italia and Vodafone also announce their support for the creation of six new NB-IoT open labs worldwide, which will focus on NB-IoT new service innovation, industry development, interoperability tests and product compliance certification.

It is expected that these labs and others will form a key part of the NB-IoT forum initiative. New use cases and business models will be explored in these open labs, and results will be shared with the whole industry.

Customer pilots using pre-NB-IoT technology are already underway. Pre-commercial deployment is expected during the second half of 2016, with commercial roll-out from early in 2017. The NB-IoT forum and the open labs will help to drive the development of the NB-IoT industry to the next stage.

The detailed scope, format and objectives of the forum will now be worked on, with membership extended to further companies in future.

Source: Vodafone

The Global M2M Association expands into Asia & North America

The Global M2M Association expands into Asia and North America with the participation of SoftBank Mobile and Bell Mobility GMA increases global footprint to offer seamless services and best-in-class service quality for M2M customers. The Global M2M Association (GMA), a cooperation in the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) sector established by Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia and TeliaSonera today announced the participation of SoftBank Mobile and Bell Mobility in the cooperation. The collaboration of six leading operators in Europe, Asia and North America within the framework of the GMA enables the seamless delivery of advanced M2M services, allowing customers to deploy and effectively manage M2M solutions and innovations across the globe.

The GMA is strongly committed to providing customers with tangible business benefits such as seamless customer experience, enhanced M2M roaming services and optimized interoperability across borders through unified incident management processes, harmonized modules testing and certification procedures, which enable quicker and improved integration into customer machines and devices. In addition, all of the GMA’s participating companies are firmly focused on further developing partnerships, enabling unsurpassed M2M solutions and providing customers with simplified services andm faster go-to-market opportunities across a number of key vertical segments including automotive, vehicle telematics, healthcare, and consumer electronics.

“We see demand for M2M solutions dramatically increasing as our customers in a variety of industries expand their services worldwide,”  said Hiroshi Akabori, Vice President at SoftBank Mobile and SoftBank Telecom. “We are extremely proud to now take part in the GMA’s efforts to further enhance and streamline M2M services for customers across the globe.”

“Bell is pleased to be the first Canadian wireless provider within the GMA, significantly expanding our footprint in markets around the world,” said Nauby Jacob, Bell Mobility’s Vice President of Products, Services and Content.

“By partnering with the GMA, we are able to offer Canadian business access to international best practices, service and support, improving the management of their M2M deployments worldwide.”

Source: Global M2M Association (GMA).