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Huawei and Gemalto aim to address NB-IoT’s power consumption challenges

Gemalto and Huawei are collaborating to develop new range of NB-IoT modules, focusing on improving security and power consumption. A criticism often leveled at NB-IoT is that the current crop of modules do not fulfill the low power requirements of the industry, in comparison to other LPWAN technologies. The pair hope to rectify that, but face stiff competition. The announcement outlines how the collaboration will focus on developing modules that have 10-year battery life, implying that existing NB-IoT modules are yet to hit that benchmark. Huawei’s chip division, HiSilicon, has previously partnered with u-blox to produce a dedicated NB-IoT module, and it’s not clear if Huawei is pursuing a multi-vendor strategy, or planning on moving away from u-blox. Gemalto hasn’t…

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