Huawei brings 3GPP Release 14 to NB-IoT
Written by: Sam Fenwick | Published:

Huawei claims to have released the world’s first 3GPP Release 14 based commercial NB-IoT solution, eRAN13.1.

The company states that the new solution offers a seven-fold improvement in data rates tThe uplink peak rate and downlink single-user peak rate can reach 157 kbit/s and 102 kbit/s), double the cell capacity, double the cell coverage (with the use of proprietary uplink channel estimation enhancement technologies) and a positioning accuracy of 50 metres without the integration of GPS modules. It adds that this last feature means that these new terminals have half the power consumption and positioning delay of a GPS-based solution.

Huawei adds that as of May 2018, 45 commercial NB-IoT networks had been globally deployed, more than 500,000 NB-IoT base stations had been established and more than 10 million NB-IoT connections “have been widely used in urban management and people's lives.”

Chen Chuanfei, vice president of Huawei’s LTE product line, said: "Global operators have reached a consensus that networks providing a full range of services will be developed over the next upcoming years. IoT will become the best practice for operators pursuing the development of vertical industries. The newly released 3GPP R14-based commercial NB-IoT solution can improve the performance of NB-IoT networks in data rates, cell capacity and cell coverage, expand the potential scope of application for NB-IoT through location services. In 2018, Huawei promises to improve network performance, build ecosystems, and explore businesses with the help of NB-IoT open labs and local industry alliances. Together with operators and partners, we will unveil a glorious golden era of large-scale commercial deployment of IoT."

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