Telefónica sets up NB-IoT lab in Chile with Huawei

Alan Burkitt-Gray
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Partners and manufacturers will be able to take part in research projects, says Telefónica

Telefónica and Huawei have set up a lab in Chile to research on the internet of things.

The lab – called I+D Chile – will focus on narrowband internet of things (NB-IoT). It is designed to allow partners including equipment vendors and application developers to come and test services.

Hernán Orellana, CEO of I+D Chile, said: “This Open Lab will allow us to put Chile at the forefront of technology, especially in the IoT networks arena, more precisely NB-IoT, where our experience is already recognized in the industry.”

Telefónica Chile’s R&D centre is a joint initiative between Telefónica and the Chilean government with the goal of promoting an open and participatory IoT ecosystem. The Open Lab will have a permanent showroom in Telefónica’s headquarters in Madrid where it plans to demonstrate IoT solutions from Chile.

Vicente Muñoz, chief IoT Officer at Telefónica, said: “Telefónica NB-IoT Open Lab is an IoT space that aims at building a complete ecosystem of partners, manufacturers, technicians, developers and designers to bring the best solutions to market around mobile IoT networks. Chile NB-IoT Open Lab will accelerate the development of IoT commercial solutions and ensure they are supported by a broad ecosystem.”

Huawei’s Patrick Zhang, president of the marketing and solutions department, said: “Huawei will work closely with Telefónica to launch the NB-IoT Open Lab for the continuous technology evolution and acceleration of the commercial deployment.”