Huawei Partners Gemalto to Accelerate NB-IoT Deployments

Gemalto and HiSilicon, a subsidiary of Huawei are jointly developing the next generation of modules with enhanced security and low power consumption. By combining the expertise from both companies, these NB-IoT modules will help manufacturers reduce the cost and size of their devices, and increase the battery life of the devices to last up to ten years.

NB-IoT has been developed to address lower bit rates and lower cost segments, and works virtually anywhere. It offers ultra-low power consumption enabling devices to be battery operated for periods of up to 10 years. Applications include smart parking sensors, intruder and fire alarms, personal healthcare appliances, tracking devices, and street lamps to name a few. According to ABI Research, NB-IoT modules connecting objects to networks are forecast to represent over 20% of all cellular shipments by 2021.

Huawei expects to build 30 such networks in 20 countries worldwide by the end of the year. They look to supply the market with solutions that provide stable connectivity, low energy consumption, and cost efficiency. The network roll-out will now come with an enhanced integration and flexibility thanks to this collaboration with Gemalto.

Gemalto is a global leader in digital security. From secure software to biometrics and encryption, its technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between. The combination of its expertise in IOT cellular connectivity, and digital security, and Huawei's high-performance NB IoT chipsets will help device manufacturers and service providers take the plunge into cellular IoT mass deployment thanks to a standardized solution.