3 HK and Huawei build NB-IoT network for start-ups to play with

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3 Hong Kong and Huawei have announced completion of a narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network that will be used by local enterprises and start-ups to develop NB-IoT apps.

3 HK said the network features NFV technology to enable cloud-based proof-of-concept activity around NB-IoT applications without the need for additional hardware for testing. It also reduces investment risk and time to market.

3 HK also said it is collaborating with Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks to enable start-ups to develop NB-IoT apps for various industries and commercialize them. The cellco is also working with industrial corporations, partners and other CK Hutchison Group members to conduct research into NB-IoT apps using its network.

For example, 3 HK is partnering with Power Assets Holdings to research possible NB-IoT apps such as utility meters, surveillance and management of oil pipelines, big data analysis and smart surveillance to save energy and boost operational efficiency.

3 HK also said it has established an inter-departmental task force that will make technical, sales and marketing experts available to start-ups to help them transform R&D results into viable solutions that will popularize commercial use of NB-IoT and feed into Hong Kong’s smart city ambitions.

The 3 HK/Huawei NB-IoT announcement comes on the heels of news last week that China Mobile Hong Kong has launched its own NB-IoT network, billed as the first such network in Hong Kong. However, CMHK gave no further details about the NB-IoT network other than the fact that it was commercially available.

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John C. Tanner
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John Tanner has been covering the Asia-Pacific telecoms industry since 1996. He has two degrees in telecommunications, and worked for six years in the US radio industry in various technical and advisory capacities, covering radio and satellite equipment maintenance, studio networking, news writing and production, the latter of which earned him several regional and national awards.

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