Vodafone launches low-end M2M technology

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Operator teams with Huawei to launch spectrum access layer for low cost Internet of Things technology

Vodafone has expanded its Machine-to-Machine (M2M) offering to include a new access layer aimed at low-power Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The Internet of Things is forecast to grow to 26 billion devices by 2023 with objects and devices requiring very low power consumption and a wide area connection estimated to increase to 3.3 billion connections.

In a blog post, Vodafone said that the “Cellular Internet of Things” enables manufacturers to access “new, cheaper communications hardware that can operate for many years on a small battery”. It will connect to Vodafone’s existing global network and operate in Vodafone’s licensed spectrum.

Vodafone is one of the leading operators in the M2M market since it launched its M2M division in 2009. The new offering has been set up in collaboration with Chinese manufacturer Huawei

Vodafone’s head of research and development Luke Ibbetson said: “Having greater ability to support low cost, low power devices as part of our existing global Internet of Things service gives us the ability to connect the largest range of objects and devices on a single network infrastructure.

“As a leader in the Internet of Things we are excited to support this technology and the standards process to drive the industry forward.”

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