KT and Samsung Electronics have launched a two-month NB-IoT pilot service targeted at friendly-users in Seoul and its metropolitan areas, with the aim of extending diverse service models and coverage in near future.
KT’s first NB-IoT pilot app will be a location-tracking service. The telco is looking to expand its NB-IoT portfolio to serve other use cases that can leverage the technology’s features of low throughput, low-power consumption and cost-effective devices, such as utility metering, smart factory and cargo tracking.
Samsung has deployed its latest NB-IoT technology to existing LTE radio base stations and rolled out its virtualized Cellular IoT core solution (C-GSN). Further, interoperability tests between NB-IoT networks and new devices were completed ahead of the pilot launch.
Jinsoo Jeong, senior VP and Head of Samsung’s Domestic Business Marketing in Networks Business, said KT’s NB-IoT pilot was “a key industry milestone that will accelerate LTE vertical businesses based on IoT technologies.”
The NB-IoT pilot comes just two months after Samsung and KT signed a supply contract for NB-IoT solutions in February 2017.
Jeong singled out Samsung’s C-GSN as a key element in the contract because it provides the scalability, flexibility, cost-effectiveness and easy operation necessary to help LTE networks accommodate the growing amounts of connectivity generated from the ever-growing number of IoT devices.
“IoT services will remove boundaries between industries with their ability to connect everything,” said Chang-Seok Seo, executive VP and head of KT’s Network Strategy Unit. “KT will open up new possibilities of the IoT era by generating unprecedented services and industry convergence.”