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Huawei, Vodafone Open IoT Lab For Narrowband Development

Huawei and Vodafone have opened an open IoT lab in Newbury in the UK, working on narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technology-related products and application development.

Providing a pre-integration testing environment for application developers and device, module and chip manufacturers, the facility, the first of seven that Huawei plans to open, will also offer support to developers and partners.

Network solution verification, new application innovation, device integration and product compliance certification will be among the lab’s focus points.

“As one of the founding members of the GSMA NB-IoT forum, we’re delighted that the first lab is up and running,” Luke Ibbetson, Vodafone Group R&D director and chairman of the GSMA NB-IoT Forum, commented.

“Over the past 12 months we’ve made significant progress establishing industry standards for the technology and the new labs will be critical to the next phase of development, which is to build a vibrant NB-IoT ecosystem.”

Huawei and Vodafone are working with a number of companies in the development of NB-IoT applications, and the first devices connected by NB-IoT tech are expected late this year or early 2017.

“With our decade-long strategic partnership with Vodafone, the creation of this lab is another important milestone in our long-term relationship,” David Wang, Huawei president of Wireless Product Line, commented.

“Working with Vodafone, we have accelerated standardisation of the technology and carried out successful pre-commercial trials. This facility will be crucial in supporting the deployment of NB-IoT globally and contribute to the promotion of its ecosystem.”

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