Ericsson and Japanese mobile operator KDDI have verified the use of cellular low power wide area (LPWA) technologies, specifically Cat-M1 and narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT). The two companies said they will continue to study possible use cases enabled by LPWA technologies.
Ericsson and KDDI verified cellular LPWA technologies based on 3GPP release 13 by using Ericsson's network equipment, which supports both Cat-M1 and NB-IoT. Ericsson's LTE base stations, including those in KDDI's network, can support cellular LPWA through Ericsson's new software product, Massive IoT RAN. This gives KDDI the possibility to deploy a comprehensive range of IoT applications quickly and flexibly.
Yoshiaki Uchida, senior managing executive officer, Technology Sector and member of the board, KDDI, said: "KDDI focuses on providing the best network to respond to customers' requests, meet their expectations and become ready for the IoT market, which is expected to grow. We will pursue the possibilities of new technologies through cooperation with Ericsson."
Chris Houghton, Head of Region North East Asia, Ericsson, said: "The Internet of Things is a rapidly growing segment. By 2021 there will be 28 billion connected devices - of which 16 billion will be count as IoT connected devices. IoT applications will drive 5G development, so it is essential for us to work proactively with leading operators like KDDI to spearhead the IoT industry and ecosystem."