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Vodafone in interoperability tests for NB-IoT modules on the mobile network

Vodafone has been contrast a interoperability of Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) modules from several vendors on a networks as it seeks to foster a possess mobile network as a bottom for IoT applications. The association is now in a routine it calls Interoperability Development Testing (IODT).

NB-IoT is a form of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology, that aims to capacitate a wider operation of inclination and services to be connected regulating mobile networks. The record provides a some-more fit approach to bond inclination – saving battery life and also enabling inclination such as gas meters, H2O meters and parking monitors to bond from underground.

Last year, standards physique 3GPP finished a standardisation of NB-IoT in only 9 months, and given afterwards Vodafone has been operative with a partners in a bid to ready a networks to support low power, far-reaching area services for IoT.

In February, it deployed what it called a world’s initial blurb NB-IoT use by a remote program ascent of over 1,000 existent 4G bottom stations in 6 cities in Spain: Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Malaga and Seville. It’s given worked with a partners Huawei, Ericsson, Nokia and Affirmed Networks to extend a strech of NB-IoT to Vodafone networks and to some of a partners’ networks around a world.

The association afterwards carried out a Interoperability Development Testing.

“We have tested inclination from Neul and Qualcomm opposite Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia systems in mixed regions. All of these vendors’ NB-IoT Radio Access Network (RAN) record has been successfully companion with Vodafone’s IoT core network,” pronounced Luke Ibbetson, Vodafone Group’s conduct of investigate and growth and record plan said.

Vodafone’s partnership with Nokia and Ericsson is critical, as a dual companies had partnered on a opposite form of product that worked in a same spectrum as 4G, while Vodafone and Huawei grown a product that doesn’t work alongside 4G.

Now, it has been means to determine a interconnection capability between Huawei’s NB-IoT RAN, Vodafone’s IoT core network and all blurb NB-IoT modules, for example.

Vodafone pronounced that as businessman roadmaps mature over a entrance months, it expects some-more inclination to be tested and approved.

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