MWC18: Cisco NB-IoT platform commercially available


China Unicom trials show how providers can meet business demand for NB-IoT

Cisco has announced that Cisco Jasper Control Center for Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) is now available worldwide, making it the first commercially available global NB-IoT platform. When used in conjunction with the Cisco Jasper Control Center IoT connectivity management platform, enterprises will be able to manage both NB-IoT and cellular devices.

NB-IoT is expected to drive growth of IoT at a massive scale, increasing the number of connected devices to in excess of 3 billion by 2023 [Gartner 2017]. Supported by the GSMA, NB-IoT is a 3GPP-standard for Low Power Wide Area Networking (LPWAN) that delivers reliable, cost effective IoT connectivity for low cost devices.

This growth potential has been validated by service providers like China Unicom who, through early trials of Control Center for NB-IoT, have seen great adoption from businesses across industries, including smart metering, parking, fire control and street lighting.

“The demand for low cost, low power connectivity is extremely high throughout China, and we expect to have over 100 million NB-IoT connections on our network by 2020,” said Xiaotian Chen, GM at China Unicom IoT Business Unit. “By embracing multiple technologies for both traditional and low power devices, we give our customers – regardless of their industry – the flexibility to choose what fits their specific business needs.”

By reducing complexity and costs without compromising quality, Control Center for NB-IoT makes it practical and profitable for companies to connect all sorts of everyday devices that will enable smart metering, building automation, asset tracking, smart cities, remote agriculture and more on a global scale.

“NB-IoT dramatically reduces the power and cost of connectivity, so now even the most simple things will be capable of delivering valuable IoT services. This is going to drive exponential growth in the IoT industry, and one size will not fit all,” said Daniel Collins, VP IoT products at Cisco.  “We designed Control Center for NB-IoT to address a broad range of low power use cases and business models – from a water meter that sends a burst of data once a week, to a city parking meter that handles transactions at all times of the day and night. Companies need the flexibility to get and pay for connectivity based on the value that each of those transactions represent to their business. We are excited to support our service provider partners and enterprise customers in China and around the world in their quest to cost-effectively deliver meaningful business outcomes.”


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