Chinese semiconductor company Hisilicon, owned by Huawei, has tied up with Dutch security firm Gemalto to manufacture a new range of narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) modules.
The new modules will provide more security and consume low power, reducing costs for users and extending battery life to ten years.
Xiong Wei, president of LTE solution, Huawei, said, “2017 is the year of commercial NB-IoT rollouts for us. We will build 30 networks in 20 countries by the end of the year. Huawei has been a major player in NB-IoT, and we continue to capitalise on our vast opportunities.”
“We want to supply the market with solutions that provide stable connectivity, low energy consumption, and cost efficiency. The network rollout will now come with enhanced integration and flexibility thanks to this collaboration with Gemalto,” he said.
Sherry Zameer, senior vice president of Internet of Things for CIS and MEA regions at Gemalto, said, “Our expertise in IoT cellular connectivity and digital security, as well as Huawei’s high-performing NB-IoT chipsets, will help device manufacturers and service providers take the plunge into mass deployment of cellular IoT.”
According to ABI Research, NB-IoT modules connecting objects to networks are forecast to represent over 20% of all cellular shipments by 2021.