Huawei Launches First Network Planning Methodology for IoT

Huawei has released the mobile communications industry’s first systematic metrics for the connection experience of Internet of Things devices.

Launched at the 2016 Global MBB Forum in Tokyo, the Things Coverage methodology includes an approach to evaluating the quality of an IoT network and the first system for planning mobile networks that must serve things as well as people. It provides a set of quantitative standards which can serve as reference for the entire IoT ecosystem, from telecom operators and device makers to users. Coordination across the ecosystem will help operators roll out their networks fast maximise the value of the IoT.

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Building IoT-ready networks is a challenge for operators because of the vast number of different IoT applications and services. Operators have been looking for a new network planning methodology which will help them meet the demands of IoT connections, maximize the value of their IoT services, and provide a superior IoT experience.

Huawei’s Things Coverage methodology includes an innovative 5-dimensional standard for the connection experience of IoT devices. Each use case is analysed in terms of Availability, Bandwidth, Coverage, Delay sensitivity, and Energy efficiency. The combination of scores across the five dimensions gives a connection quality baseline for each type of service: smart metering, connected cars, industrial controls, etc. On this basis, Huawei proposes a Things Coverage network planning methodology, the first in the industry to focus on the need to connect things as well as people. Things Coverage includes a series of radio models, with different combinations of wireless connection features, for different types of application scenario. These models are then mapped onto network maps showing where the various services are needed. The maps will guide later service provisioning based on key dimensions such as grid-level coverage and battery life.

Targeted Provisioning

Using the Things Coverage methodology, operators will be able to roll out targeted IoT services efficiently across their existing mobile broadband networks, while maintaining low cost of operations. After service provisioning, Things Coverage also gives standards for monitoring data traffic and energy consumption to ensure that service quality remains at the required level, and more services can be deployed as the IoT network grows.

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At the 2016 Global MBB Forum, Ryan Ding, President of Huawei Products & Solutions, introduced Things Coverage and its 5-dimensional evaluation system, and presented network planning a case study using data from a smart water meter application. Huawei expects to quickly develop auxiliary tools to support operators as they apply Things Coverage during the construction of their networks.

Huawei is committed to collaborating with more operators and vertical industry partners to develop a comprehensive system for evaluating IoT networks, and a planning standard for network construction. Innovative solutions and open approaches to IoT planning will help operators make more informed investment decisions. Efficient networks will mean faster growth for the IoT.

The Internet of Things is growing fast, and is set to change every facet of our lives. It includes applications like smart home, wearables, and connected cars. Telecom operators have a key competitive edge in deliver Internet of Things services because of their extensive wireless networks, skilled workforces, and experience in supplying localized services. Operators are planning to use NB-IoT and other new technologies on their networks to expand network capacity, deliver new experiences, and expand into new markets by collaborating closely with vertical industries.

View the full Things Coverage Whitepaper