Huawei expects big shipments of NB-IoT chips next month
The Chinese vendor also signed an agreement with a Taiwanese firm to start developing its next-generation NB-IoT chip
Chinese vendor Huawei expects to start shipping large volumes of its NB-IoT chip, the Boudica 120, in June, Asian press reported, citing Jiang Wancheng, vice president of marketing and solutions department at Huawei.
Additionally, Huawei has partnered with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to develop its next-generation NB-IoT chip, the Boudica 150.
The Asian vendor said it expects to start with a limited production of this new chip during the third quarter of 2017 with commercial shipments scheduled for the last quarter, Jiang said.
According to the report, more than 20 countries will begin to deploy NB-IoT networks in 2017. Huawei has developed more than 20 business models to operate the NB-IoT networks in cooperation with more than 40 telecom operators worldwide, Jiang added.
Boudica is a system on a chip (SoC) that features a high level of integration and ultra low power consumption. This solution can be deployed with Huawei LiteOS, providing a quick development channel for developers, Huawei said.
Connected Baltics launches IoT network in Estonia through Sigfox connectivity
In other IoT news, Connected Baltics OÜ has started providing Internet of Things (IoT) network services in Estonia through IoT connectivity provided by Frency IoT specialist Sigfox.
The operator said that the service is now available in most dense areas covering more than half of the Estonian population. The remaining low-dense areas will be covered later this year. Estonia is the first country in the Baltics to be covered nation-wide with Sigfox Internet of Things network, Connected Baltics said.
“We are proud to immerse the digital nation of Estonia to our secure IoT network with international reach and deliver new opportunities for businesses to build applications, systems and smart city solutions that will start a new era in Estonian tech savviness,” Kushtrim Xhakli, founder of Connected Baltics, said.
Connected Baltics is currently carrying out IoT commercial pilot projects with different partners, system integrators and device makers to enable solutions including remote meter reading, agriculture and retail monitoring, temperature and environment observation, logistics and transportation, security, and asset tracking.