3 Hong Kong, the mobile communications division of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong(HTHKH), and Huawei this week announced completion of an end-to end deployment of NB-IoT network using the Network Functions Virtualisation(NFV) technology to facilitate tests and development of commercial NB-IoT applications.
With the completion of the NB-IoT network, 3 Hong Kong is partnering with the Hong Kong Science &Technology Parks Corporation to open up business opportunities by enabling start-ups to develop NB-IoT applications for various industries and take them to market.
At the same time, 3 Hong Kong is collaborating with industrial corporations, partners and other CK Hutchison Group members to research possibilities around NB-IoT applications. The Operator is working with Power Assets Holdings to test the usage of NB-IoT technology for electricity and water utility meters.
3 Hong Kong also plans to use NB-IoT for surveillance and management of oil pipelines, big data analysis and smart surveillance to save energy and boost operational efficiency.
In addition, 3 Hong Kong has established an inter-departmental task force that will make technical, as well as sales and marketing experts, available to start-ups. The idea is to help transform R&D results into marketable NB-IOT solutions that will popularise commercial use of the technology and speed up development of Hong Kong as a smart city.