ZTE officially joins LoRa Alliance; NTT tests 5G network slicing
ZTE already takes part in China LoRa Application Alliance
Chinese vendor ZTE Corporation has officially joined the board of directors of the LoRa Alliance.
As a new board member, the Chinese firm will work together with other members to boost the development of LoRa technologies worldwide in deployment and in the industrial chain of Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN).
The LoRa Alliance is an open, nonprofit association of members focusing on the development of IoT technology. The main goal of the alliance is to standardize Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) being deployed around the world to enable internet of things, machine-to-machine (M2M), smart city projects and industrial applications.
Prior to joining the LoRa Alliance’s board, ZTE sponsored the China LoRa Application Alliance (CLAA). The CLAA helps promote the application of LoRa technologies in all industries, develop LoRa standards and specifications, and build LoRa application platforms for technical communication, solution validation, marketing cooperation, resource integration, and innovation. ZTE said CLAA has recruited more than 40 full members and many IoT companies have submitted applications to join the alliance.
CLAA members have already developed a full portfolio of network solutions covering modules, nodes, base stations, network servers, application servers and security servers.
Earlier this year, ZTE signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Semtech to cooperate to boost the development of the LPWAN industrial chain. LPWAN technology features low power consumption, broad coverage and low costs, making it suitable for IoT deployments across all industries.
ZTE supports NB-IoT technologies and is currently contributing to the 3GPP NB-IoT standardization. Additionally, ZTE is taking positive steps to fully realize the commercial use of terminal chips, networks and applications.
NTT DoCoMo, Ericsson complete PoC of 5G slicing technology
In other APAC news, Japanese telco NTT DoCoMo and Swedish vendor Ericsson announced the completion of a joint Proof of Concept (PoC) of dynamic network slicing technology for 5G core networks.
Network slicing technology virtually partitions a physical network into multiple co-existing logical networks in order to provide the most suitable resources and network topology to different types of services.
The Japanese telco said the PoC shows how 5G services could be connected flexibly between networks according to set policies in order to meet specific service requirements for latency, security or capacity.
NTT DoCoMo designed the network slice creation and selection functions, and Ericsson developed technologies to perform network slice lifecycle and service management. The Swedish company also implemented the platform for governance of services and network slices based on Ericsson commercial cloud products.
“Network slicing has the potential to simultaneously deliver diverse cutting-edge 5G services, for enhanced entertainment as well as further effective and secure communication. We expect the results of our PoC with Ericsson will play an important role in the realization of highly efficient and secure 5G networking technologies,” NTT DoCoMo’s SVP and General Manager of R&D Strategy Department Hiroshi Nakamura said.