EXFO and China Mobile verify network for NB-IoT

January 23, 2018 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
EXFO and China Mobile verify network for NB-IoT
EXFO Inc., has announced that China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC), with the support of a comprehensive test system from EXFO that cover all requirements, successfully concluded a performance verification test for the core networks from 4 major vendors, confirming whether these NFV-based networks can individually support 5 million narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) devices.

Since NB-IoT specification got ratified in June 2016, communication service providers have been preparing to roll out this service in their network. They are upgrading their network by deploying additional features to handle the tremendous capacity that the millions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices will need. Handling the IoT traffic is fundamentally different from the traditional mobile broadband or VoLTE traffic. Validating the equipment and the network is crucial to ensure that they deliver the quality of experience expected by end users while avoiding costly post-deployment faults.

EXFO's comprehensive test system offers the capacity to simulate millions of IoT devices on one single server, keeping network configuration simple; has the ability to adapt to rapidly evolving specifications and specific requirements; and covers the network from end to end, including focus on individual nodes.

"Communication service providers have to ensure that new IoT equipment introduced into the network will be compatible with existing network nodes before they go live," Claudio Mazzuca, EXFO's Vice-President, Systems and Analytics. "Through our local presence, we were able to deliver quick turnaround times to adapt to CMCC's specific requirements."



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