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Ericsson, Qualcomm Work with MTN on IoT Project

Photonics.com
Sep 2017
JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 21, 2017 — Communication technology providers Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies Inc. have successfully completed a lab trial for a Cat-M1 solution with telecommunications company MTN Group in support of its Internet of Things (IoT) ambitions.

MTN South Africa will continue trialing devices and applications for Cat-M1 in its test bed lab using the Qualcomm MDM9206 global multimode LTE IoT modem. This is the first Cat-M1 test implementation of its kind on the African continent and represents the first stage of a wider scope of test activity. The Cat-M1 trial uses IoT devices integrated with a Qualcomm MDM9206 global multimode LTE IoT modem and the Ericsson Massive IoT Radio Access Network product.

“Cat-M1 provides key advantages of low-cost devices, long battery life, [and] extended coverage and supports a wide range of use cases,” said Giovanni Chiarelli, chief technology information officer of MTN South Africa. “The successful trial, in conjunction with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, proves that both companies have the ability to support new IoT services and technologies for MTN. The initial use of this technology has been for tracking and reporting use cases that have benefited both consumer and business customers. At MTN, we are providing the platform for these and future applications to enhance people’s lives.”

The successful test will prepare MTN for a new wave of solutions that can be implemented in the future. Cellular IoT technologies such as Cat-M1 and their evolution into 5G set a solid foundation for massive IoT by reducing complexity, lowering power consumption, expanding coverage and increasing device density. Cat-M1 enables advanced IoT applications by providing hundreds of kB/s in throughput, mobility and VoLTE support. Examples of typical Cat-M1 IoT applications include smart watches or fitness bands with integrated voice communications services, pet tracking devices, point-of-sale terminals, vending machines and vehicle tracking with emergency calling support.

BusinessEricssonQualcomm TechnologiesMTNMTN South AfricaInternet of ThingscommunicationAfrica

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