KT, Samsung to Launch NB-IoT Pilot Service for Friendly-Users in Seoul

KT, Samsung to Launch NB-IoT Pilot Service for Friendly-Users in Seoul

KT and Samsung, Tuesday announced launching of the Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT, CAT-NB1) pilot service targeted at friendly-users in Seoul and its metropolitan areas over a two-month period.

The NB-IoT technology is designed to meet the demands for use cases that require low throughput and battery use owing to its main feature, the narrow bandwidth of 180KHz. With its low-power consumption and cost-effective device, NB-IoT is applicable to diverse service models for individual and industry automation, such as utility metering, smart factory, cargo tracking and location tracking of children and goods. KT will initiate its first NB-IoT pilot service with the location tracking service and further expand on its use cases to diverse business applications.

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 have been completed in advance, since reliable interoperability is a key prerequisite for operators prior to introducing new technologies and services to the market.

Back in February 2017, Samsung and KT signed the supply contract for NB-IoT solutions, and a mere two months later, the companies are announcing their readiness to start pilot service which indicates the proximity of commercial service.

Chang-Seok Seo, EVP and Head of Network Strategy Unit, KT
KT is launching its first Narrow Band-Internet of Things(NB-IoT) service in Seoul and metropolitan areas thanks to close collaboration with Samsung. IoT services will remove boundaries between industries with their ability to connect everything. KT will open up new possibilities of the IoT era by generating unprecedented services and industry convergence.

Jinsoo Jeong, SVP an Head of Dmomestic Business Marketing, Samsung Electronics 
As a strategic partner, we provided KT with NB-IoT features complying with all the latest enhancements in 3GPP standard specification in a short period of time to support KT’s pioneering work.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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