Chunghwa Telecom, an integrated telecommunications services company in Taiwan, has tapped on Ericsson to build its NarrowBand Internet of Things (NB-IoT) system for testing IoT devices and applications.
The NB-IoT system is a low power wide area technology based on the standards by 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a group of seven telecommunications standard development organisations.
The new system will integrate Ericsson's technologies, including Radio System; Massive IoT radio access network (RAN) software; virtual Subscriber Data Management (vSDM); IoT Smart Device and Application service on the AppIoT platform; and the virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC). These technologies will be deployed as a dedicated IoT Packet Core that would enable the telco to explore massive machine type communication use cases that they could offer to their customers.
The new system is expected to help improve the telco's deep indoor coverage, power consumption, device complexity, system capacity, and spectrum efficiency.
"NB-IoT technology is one of our primary focuses in 2017, and we are keen to explore more opportunities based on the new technology," said Chen Shyang-Yih, executive vice president of Chunghwa Telecom and president of Telecommunication Laboratories.
Besides IoT, Chunghwa Telecom and Ericsson will also work together to identify how 5G can be used to digitally transform the transportation and utilities sector.
"This agreement represents a real milestone for both companies, and shows that we have made rapid progress since signing a 5G memorandum of understanding during Mobile World Congress 2017. Together we will identify 5G use cases and applications for the digital transformation of industry verticals such as transportation and utilities," said Håkan Cervell, president of Ericsson Taiwan.
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