Narrowband Internet of Things becomes a new battlefield for the communications industry

2019-05-08 12:10:42

Transfer from: Shenzhen Special Zone Daily


        Shenzhen is expected to lead the next vent of the Internet of Everything: Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT). 5G wants to come to the wind, and China is pushing the development of narrow-band cellular Internet of Things. All parties are optimistic about the development space of the trillions of dollars behind. Shenzhen is in the forefront in terms of network coverage, industry applications, and industrial chain layout. Communication operators have listed Shenzhen as a key trial city. The communication industry in Shenzhen and even China is welcoming new development opportunities. Manufacturers in various fields such as base station equipment, terminal equipment, RF antennas, and smart city solutions are expected to acquire new market “cakes”.




Narrowband Internet of Things usher in the first year of development




Narrowband Internet of Things is an emerging Internet of Things connection and an important branch of the Internet of Everything. It can be deployed directly from 2G to 4G networks. The industry generally believes that compared with Internet of Things technologies such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the advantages of narrow-band IoT are obvious: First, coverage is wider, NB-IoT is 100 times the coverage of current cellular networks; Second, massive connection, NB-IoT support Massive equipment, connection capacity is more than 80 times the existing 4G network capacity; Third, the power consumption is smaller, the battery life of the terminal module can reach 10 years; Fourth, the cost is lower, and the single connected module does not exceed 5 US dollars.




China blew the horn to accelerate the development of narrow-band Internet of Things. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology recently officially released the 2017 special action opinion on promoting the development of the real economy, which will accelerate the commercialization of the narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT). The specific direction of NB-IoT commercialization includes expanding the application of narrowband Internet of Things in the fields of industrial internet, urban public service and management, and supporting innovative developments such as smart factories and intelligent networked cars.




A number of brokerages reported that 2017 will be the first year of the narrow-band IoT entering the commercial deployment phase, and more terminal procurement needs will help the industry enter a rapid construction period.




The narrow-band Internet of Things is regarded as the key to truly open the intelligent interconnection of all things. The 2015-2016 China Internet of Things Development Annual Report believes that the average annual growth rate of manufacturing Internet of Things expenditure will reach 15% in the next five years, and the Industrial Internet of Things will Be the first to achieve scale applications. It is also estimated that by 2020, the overall industrial scale of China's Internet of Things will exceed 150 million yuan.




Shenzhen is about to achieve full coverage leading commercial




Shenzhen ran in the first phalanx in the development of narrow-band Internet of Things. The reporter was informed that Shenzhen Telecom plans to achieve full coverage of the narrow-band IoT commercial in the city at the end of the month. Shenzhen Mobile has built the “NB-IoT Demonstration Zone” in the Qianhai Shekou Free Trade Zone. Shenzhen’s smart water meter and smart gas are global narrow-band Internet of Things. The first case of industry application, the narrowband Internet of Things is entering more than ten industry innovation applications in Shenzhen.




Up to now, Shenzhen Telecom has completed the deployment of most narrow-band IoT base stations. Shenzhen Mobile has opened more than 115 narrow-band Internet of Things test base stations. Covered by key areas such as Futian District, Shekou Qianhai Free Trade Zone and Yantian Port Zone, the NB-IoT network will be fully covered by the end of this year.




At present, the world's first narrowband IoT smart water business project is now in Shenzhen. Shenzhen Telecom and Shenzhen Water Group released the world's first officially commercial narrow-band IoT water meter. At present, more than 1,200 “Smart Water Meters” have been put into use. Shenzhen Mobile cooperated with Shenzhen Gas to carry out “smart gas” to jointly promote the informationization of smart gas meter reading and city gas pipeline network. Mobile NB-IoT also assists government departments to effectively improve traffic congestion in Yantian Port Area. Shenzhen Telecom has launched narrow-band IoT cooperation in 19 major industries, including smart wear, logistics, environmental monitoring, seismic monitoring, vehicle networking, industrial manufacturing, and smart medical.




Enterprises compete for the "cake" of the trillions of markets




Data show that from 2011 to 2015, the market size of China's Internet of Things increased from 263.3 billion yuan to 750 billion yuan, with an average annual compound growth rate of 30%.




Shenzhen has now undertaken the National IoT Major Application Demonstration Project, and is vigorously building a new generation of national traffic control network pilot cities. A large number of Shenzhen enterprises such as Huawei, ZTE, and Mobi Antenna are in smart cities, car networking, industrial manufacturing, smart security, and consumption. Electronic, smart logistics, environmental technology and other fields have launched narrow-band IoT products and projects, leveraging the "Dongfeng" to accelerate development. At the same time, various industries in Shenzhen are conducting comprehensive cooperation in the fields of standard setting, technology research, network construction, business development, business model exploration, and pilot application.




Han Liguang, chairman of Hongshi Sunshine, the largest intelligent terminal management IoT cloud service provider in China, believes that the narrowband Internet of Things is coming. The first ones may be module manufacturers and chip manufacturers. The most valuable is the platform vendors, which can open data to applications vertically. The platform company is expected to become a big winner.




The Internet of Things in China is in full swing, and the global Internet of Things industry has broad prospects. The Forward Looking Industry Research Institute predicts that the global IoT market will increase to $1.1 trillion by 2020, and the number of IoT devices connected globally will reach 19.8 billion in 2020. The industry believes that with the vast overseas layout and brand effect of Shenzhen enterprises, they can win more overseas “cakes” in the field of narrowband Internet of Things.

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