At the company’s 2016 Global Mobile Broadband Forum held in Tokyo, Huawei has announced the IoT network planning methodology to help telecoms implement IoT network while maximising the value. The company claims this systematic methodology to be the first in the industry.
The methodology, named the Things Coverage, includes IoT network quality evaluation and a system for planning mobile networks, as well as coordination across the IoT ecosystem to help operators to rollout networks supporting IoT.
‘The mobile networks must serve things as well as people’ says the company for the aim.
Huawei’s Thing Coverage methodology takes five elements into account for IoT device connections – availability, bandwidth, coverage, delay sensitivity and energy efficiency.
It also provides a series of radio models for different types of IoT application scenario. Such as smart metering, connected cars or industrial controls. According to the company, different scenario models will be mapped onto network maps showing where various services are needed, then the maps will serve as a guide for later service provisioning.
For the vast number of different IoT products and services, it is a challenge for operators to build IoT-ready networks.
The methodology wants to boost the efficiency of operators to roll out targeted IoT services across their existing broadband networks. After deployment, it also provides data traffic and energy consumption monitoring to allow operators to maintain service quality and be able to deploy more IoT services in the future.
Before launching the methodology, Huawei has gathered IoT network building experiences from collaborations with telecom firms around the world, including in Australia, Africa and India. With this systematic methodology, more operators are expected to adopt Huawei’s technology to build up IoT networks supporting the IoT booming scenario.