China’s leading ICT solutions provider, Huawei, is partnering with James Cook University (JCU) to develop the latest connectivity innovation through Australia’s first Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) lab in Cairns.

NB-IoT is a Low Power Wide Area technology that has been developed to connect various devices more simply and efficiently on established mobile networks. Its advantage is that it consumes less power, has wider coverage and is lower in cost.

Huawei is providing JCU with the latest IoT technology as well as direct funding for specialised research. As part of its Seeds for the Future program, Huawei will also offer select JCU students the opportunity to travel to its global headquarters in China and Sydney.

Mr Xichu Zhao, CEO of Huawei Australia said in a JCU media release that the company is committed to open innovation and cooperation, creating greater value for customers, advancing the ICT industry, and ultimately investing and building a better connected Australia.

‘We all know that IoT is going to be the major game changing technology of the future and NB-IoT will be the major driver of this ICT revolution. Working closely with strong partners like James Cook University, we can help build a stronger and better IoT ecosystem.’

Professor Wei Xiang, head of the IoT program at JCU, said IoT is the future of digital innovation, and the new facilities help JCU to train students on the latest equipment.

‘This equipment is so new it’s not on sale in the Australian market. It gives our students and staff an experimental platform that conforms to the latest IoT international standard, which has been agreed upon by leading IoT companies in the world.’

Between 2014 and 2020, the contribution of digital technologies to Australia’s economy is forecast to grow 75 per cent to A$139 billion.

Huawei is a Chinese multinational ICT company with presence in over 170 countries. The company has a strong focus on R&D and innovation, with 16 joint innovation centres and 18 R&D hubs globally. In Australia, Huawei employs over 840 staff and engages with many local operators.



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