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U-blox Runs NB-IoT Lab and Field Trials with Huawei, Vivo, CAS Tecnologia and PinMyPet in Brazil


ctimes, Jul. 18, 2017 – 

u‑blox announced that it is partnering with key players of the IoT ecosystem, Huawei, Vivo, CAS Tecnologia and PinMyPet running lab and field tests inside new Narrowband IoT (NB‑IoT or Cat NB1) networks in Brazil. The first tests are ongoing since Q1 2017 and initially focused on metering and tracking applications.

These trials reflect u‑blox's focus to meet pent‑up demand for low power wide area (LPWA) connectivity, as delivered by NB1 technology, standardized by 3GPP in June 2016.The benefits of NB1 over other cellular radio technologies include lower device complexity, ultra‑low power operation, and support for more than 50,000 devices per single cellular cell.

As it uses a licensed spectrum‑based network, it also offers greater security and high robustness from interference. NB1 is therefore ideal for IoT and M2M applications requiring extremely low power consumption and better coverage even in shielded areas.

"We are excited to partner with u‑blox to help our mutual customers migrate to the new, low‑power and low‑cost Narrowband IoT technology," says the Vivo IoT Senior Manager, Eduardo Takeshi.

"The SARA‑N2 NB1 module delivers the reliable, low power, and optimized LTE cellular connectivity necessary to our pet tracking device," said Marcos Buson, Director, PinMyPet.

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