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Huawei and Vodafone building world's first NB-IoT Open Lab

Telecommunications company Vodafone, and the Chinese tech giant Huawei are teaming up to create the world’s first Narrowband Internet of Things Open Lab (NB-IoT).

In a press release following the announcement, the two companies have said the lab will fuel ‘strategic technology innovation’ and promote the entire NB-IoT ecosystem. With the proper development environment, developers can increase the efficiency of future NB-IoT devices.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Huawei in the creation of this new Open Lab facility for NB-IoT. As the technology moves towards commercial deployment in early 2017, it’s essential that we start building a strong ecosystem with developers and solution providers,” said Luke Ibbetson, Vodafone Group R&D Director and Chairman of the NB-IoT Forum.

With NB-IoT technology, the IoT will be more efficient as it will become easier to connect to objects that require a longer battery life, or are located in remote and hard-to-reach areas. The two companies have said the technology is the answer for enterprise applications in areas from utility meters to asset-tracking. First devices are expected before the end of the year.

David Wang, President of Wireless Product Line at Huawei, said: “This agreement builds on Huawei’s existing strong relationships with Vodafone and our joint commitment to lead the development of NB-IoT technology and its eco-system. Having successfully gained industry recognition, we will now continue to work closely with Vodafone to build a joint roadmap for the continuous evolution of the NB-IoT Open Lab to create innovative solutions to build a better connected world.”

Sead Fadilpašić

Sead is a freelance journalist with more than 15 years of experience in writing various types of content, from blogs, whitepapers, and reviews to ebooks, and many more, across sites including Al Jazeera Balkans, TechRadar Pro, IT Pro Portal, and CryptoNews.