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Ericsson helps Softbank roll out cellular IoT in Japan

Steve Rogerson
May 4, 2017
Softbank is to use Ericsson’s Cat-M1 and NB-IoT products for its roll out of cellular IoT services in Japan.
Ericsson has been selected as Softbank’s evolved packet core supplier. The Japanese operator will deploy Cat-M1 and NB-IoT networks nationwide, aiming to be first to market with commercial cellular IoT services.
The Swedish technology giant will deliver Cat-M1 support as a software upgrade to Softbank's existing evolved packet core, and NB-IoT using Ericsson’s virtual evolved packet core and cloud execution environment.
Cat-M1 and NB-IoT-enabled IoT devices allow Softbank to extend its networks cost effectively while creating new revenue streams for IoT services.
"Ericsson's Cat-M1 and NB-IoT technology ensures that we will be able to go to market with highly competitive commercial cellular IoT services and play a role in leading the growth of the IoT market in Japan,” said Junichi Miyakawa, CTO at Softbank.
Ericsson's IoT network products for Cat-M1 and NB-IoT-enabled devices are said to have advantages including low cost, low power consumption, deep coverage, massive connections and high reliability of transmission. Combined with existing LTE coverage, Softbank can deploy a range of IoT services in smart cities, logistics, utilities, medicine, transport, mining, agriculture and manufacturing.
"With the expected rapidly increasing IoT devices and the new ecosystem, there will be many opportunities for new services and revenue streams for operators,” said Mikael Eriksson, head of Ericsson Japan. “Ericsson is very pleased to be selected by Softbank and to deploy Cat-M1 and NB-IoT technology and support Softbank to connect this new ecosystem and deliver on these new opportunities."