GSMA kudos for Huawei’s NB-IoT solution
The GSMA’s recognition of Huawei’s NB-IoT solution will boost the company’ efforts to accelerate the development of the Internet of Things in South Africa.
Huawei received the “Best IoT Innovation for Mobile Networks” award from the GSMA at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai last week.
The GSMA is a global trade body that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide.
Huawei’s NB-IoT solution was cited for its outstanding achievements and contributions in technological innovation, industry research, and applied practice.
“This is a great accolade and it gives us more confidence as we work together with our customers and partners toward the standardisation of NB-IoT; this technology gives carriers a better position in the IoT value chain,” says Zhu Ming, Huawei’s IoT regional director.
The goal of the Huawei NB-IoT solution is to jointly build a better connected IoT solution and ecosystem with operators and partners from a diverse range of vertical industries.
Huawei and MTN are already working together in the IoT space, which is focused on Smart Refrigeration, Smart Water and Usage-based Insurance Solutions.
Vodacom recently partnered with Huawei to successfully launch Africa’s first live NB-IoT site, which is fully compliant with the standardised 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) NB IoT specifications.
“In Africa the opportunity is great for using Narrow Band IoT solutions (NB-IoT), because this network gives us wide and deep coverage and devices that are deployed have a very long battery life,” says Ming