Verizon carries successful data session on new NB-IoT Guard band network

Verizon carries successful data session on new NB-IoT Guard band network

Verizon carries successful data session on new NB-IoT Guard band network

Complementing Verizon’s robust nationwide IoT network offerings, new Narrowband IoT network will provide more choices for customers.

Businesses and global brands can look forward to an expanded lineup of network offerings thanks to the collaboration between Verizon and Ericsson who today completed their first successful Narrowband IoT Guard band data session.

The trials used the latest Massive Internet of Things Ericsson software on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is a technology providing scale, coverage and security for customers seeking scalable and cost effective wireless access solutions for IoT. Verizon maintains a strong leadership position in IoT technology and solutions with a history of firsts, including the first nationwide deployment of 4G LTE, LTE Cat 1, and LTE Cat M1 networks.

While CAT-M1 is targeting a wide range of applications for business customers such as wearables, fleet and asset management, NB-IoT Guard band focuses on applications needing data rates below 100 kbps. NB-IoT Guard band technology occupies a dedicated frequency of 180 kHz bandwidth designated for IoT applications which does not share spectrum resources with commercial smartphone traffic.

Bill Stone, Vice President – Network Planning at Verizon said:

“We are committed to providing more customer options to the IoT ecosystem by leading with new technologies and capabilities such as NB-IoT Guard band that efficiently use dedicated spectrum and target different customer requirements for throughput and battery life.”

“The IoT ecosystem has tremendous potential for further growth and development,” said Kevin Zvokel, Head of Networks for Ericsson in North America. “With our IoT commercial software in combination with Verizon’s network, we are pleased to pave the way for future growth in this important segment.”

Nationwide deployment of Verizon’s Narrowband IoT Guard band network will be fully complete across Verizon’s nationwide network covering 2.56 million square miles in 2018.

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Verizon Transforms Intelligent Edge Network without Impacting Customer Traffic

Verizon has come up with a solution to improve customer experience and increase efficiency on its Intelligent Edge Network. The company has been driving customer traffic on the transport network circuit emulation solution from Cisco. In the past, circuit emulation equipment carried speeds up to OC-12, while Cisco’s new platform supports speeds up to OC-192.

The process of circuit emulation involves transport of conventional digital and optical signal rates over a packet-based MPLS network. This does not affect customer traffic and facilitates transmission of legacy services to next-generation infrastructure. Verizon has been working with Cisco to develop, test and implement this solution. The partnership has planned to increase the number of circuits in the coming years. Cisco feels this will promote growth of Ethernet services and improve the reliability of mission critical TDM private line services.

In the 100G U.S. metro network rollout, Verizon had used this technology to aggregate multiple Ethernet and TDM circuits within the same location. Moreover, features such as video streaming, social media, and cloud services have affected the network traffic. It will also improve the Verizon’s cost structure and customer’s digital experience.

Lee Hicks, vice president for network infrastructure planning for Verizon, said, “In the face of robust customer demand on our network, Verizon’s infrastructure systems must adapt to support current and future needs. By implementing innovative deployments like this high-capacity circuit emulation, Verizon continues to set the bar for the highest standards of network performance and efficiency.”

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Quectel Receives Industry’s First multimode LPWA Type Approval from Verizon

Quectel Receives Industry’s First multimode LPWA Type Approval from Verizon

Quectel Receives Industry’s First multimode LPWA Type Approval from Verizon

Quectel Wireless Solutions, a leading global supplier of Internet of Things (IoT) modules, today announced that its BG96 module is the first multimode LPWA module based on Qualcomm modem to receive official Type Approval (TA) from Verizon upon conclusion of comprehensive laboratory and field testing.

“The certification is a testament to Quectel’s commitment to delivering high quality and reliable services to our customers. Now customers using our 2G and 3G modules can accelerate their LTE Cat M1 deployment based on the BG96 modules,” said Patrick Qian, Quectel CEO.

BG96, designed for the global market, supports LTE Cat M1, NB-IoT and EGPRS. What’s more, GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU, GALILEO and QZSS) is also supported, which will help customers with location requirement on the compact design and low device cost.

Developed based upon Qualcomm’s multimode LTE modem MDM9206, BG96 features ultra-low power consumption, as well as extended indoor coverage with a 15dB coverage enhancement compared with GSM. Besides, it offers a maximum data rate of 300kbps downlink and 375kbps uplink, and can be applied to vertical segments requesting medium and low data rates.

According to Patrick:

“Quectel BG96 modules along with Verizon’s LTE Cat M1 network will bring new possibilities for IoT innovators to develop devices for markets requiring low cost, mobility and longer battery life, such as smart metering, tracker, sharing bicycle and emergency alarm panel.”

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Protect IoT data, not IoT devices, says Verizon

Protect IoT data, not IoT devices, says Verizon

Securing IoT implementations may involve concentrating on protecting data rather than devices, according to Verizon.

In many cases, it makes more sense to prioritize IoT data over IoT devices when it comes to security. That’s the view of Antony Tompkins, managing partner of global integrated solutions at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, speaking yesterday to Internet of Business at an event to launch the company’s 2018 trend predictions.

If companies have to track a bottle, for example, he said, then they can just apply an RFID tag or other wireless tracking device. That’s the easy part, he added.

“But if I need to overlay some massive security compliance onto the little device I’ve stuck on there and make it more expensive than the bottle, then it is a completely pointless exercise,” he said.

Read more: Gemalto survey: Governments should intervene on IoT security

What’s it worth?

This is where the use-case element of IoT becomes important, according to Tomkins. In other words, companies need to ask if it’s really worth going to great lengths to protect the security of a device, when it’s the data that really matters.

“There is a camera called Canary Camera, which is a surveillance camera. Verizon hardened that device for that company through our labs,” he said. “They put a lot of money into hardening that device because they felt that was really important that was very secure.”

But that’s because a smart-home based security camera collects very personal customer data that cannot be compromised. It’s equally important, Tompkins added, that companies ensure that data that leaves a device isn’t tampered with in transit to another point in the network.

“If you can do that and you can absolutely assure that the data is the same data, then you are probably in a much more secure position,” he said.

Read more: Frost & Sullivan: AI and big data hold keys to IoT security

Protecting against IoT DoS attacks

Tompkins then talked about defending against denial of service attacks, that have, in part, increased due to IoT botnets such as Mirai.

“There are different ways of defending against these attacks. We bought a company called EdgeCast a few years ago, which is all about content distribution. We have our own content distribution network,” he said.

He added that one of the interesting things that the company found out was because that content distribution network has such vast scale, the backbone platform could be used to alleviate some of these attacks.

“Because if a denial of service hits that platform it is going to get sunk. It stops the breaches getting through,” he said. “Some of these other assets that we have brought in have had some benefits that probably haven’t even related to what we originally thought they were going to be used for.”

Read more: IoT device makers: Tackle security or face legal action

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Verizon certifies Gemalto LTE-M platform

Verizon certifies Gemalto LTE-M platform

Verizon certifies Gemalto LTE-M platform

Provides compatibility with Gemalto’s On Demand Connectivity for simplified IoT remote subscription management.

Billions of new Internet of Things (IoT) devices are expected before 2020[1] but the majority of these do not require the full capabilities of 4G cellular networks.

Emerging Low-Power Wide-Area wireless technologies, including LTE-M and NB-IoT, allow devices to efficiently connect to existing 4G networks. Gemalto’s LTE Cat M1 IoT module is now certified by Verizon. With very low power consumption, these new modules will expand the use of cellular connections in applications such as security systems, points of sale, vending and eHealth solutions.

Compatible with Gemalto eSIM and Remote Provisioning

The revolutionary Cinterion® IoT module is compatible with Gemalto’s embedded SIM (eSIM). Integrating an eSIM inside the module for the first time streamlines the process of connecting with confidence and simplifies solution design by combining two components into one. In addition, this module supports remote device updates and Quality of Service management over the lifetime of the device.

Groundbreaking power saving features extend battery life

The module features a proprietary solution for exceptionally quick wake-up times that are 15 times faster than traditional solutions. This preserves power and improves responsiveness, which are essential elements for power sensitive, battery-operated IoT applications.

“The Cinterion LTE-M platform blends efficient connectivity and streamlined design to enable and accelerate new IoT applications and improve Total Cost of Ownership,” said Andreas Haegele, SVP IoT Products, Gemalto.

“With decades of experience in provisioning services and more than 50 global MNO references for On-Demand Connectivity, Gemalto is in the lead position to help drive adoption and transform the way IoT technology is deployed in the future.”

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