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China Unicom signs up to Zigbee

One of China’s three major mobile service carriers, the institute initiated the smart home standardisation united group

China Unicom will participate in the development of open standards for the IoT
China Unicom will participate in the development of open standards for the IoT

The China Unicom Research Institute has joined the Zigbee Alliance at participant level to help to drive Zigbee adoption in Chinese industry standards.


In 2015, China Unicom, one of China’s three major mobile service carriers, initiated the smart home standardisation united group (SSUG). This initiative drew in a number of well-known enterprises in the industry, including FiberHome, ZTE, and Wulian and took the lead in developing implementation standards from devices to gateways and further to the cloud.


Zigbee is adopted by SSUG as the major wireless communication standard for connecting end devices to the gateway. Based on the understanding of market demand and through laboratory test results, SSUG has proposed a number of parameter recommendations and additional mandatory features to improve user experiences.


“2017 was a year that witnessed rapid development of the IoT, and China Unicom has also made remarkable achievements in this field,” said Zhang Yunyong, president of the Research Institute.


“We are pleased to join the Zigbee Alliance and look forward to working closely with other alliance members to share our experience in the Chinese consumer market and actively participate in the development of open IoT standards to meet the rapid changes of market demand and drive innovation in IoT.”


After joining the Zigbee Alliance, SSUG will actively participate in standards development working groups and seek to integrate its work into international standards, while also proposing Zigbee technology be accepted into China’s industry standards, including in the smart home market.


“The Zigbee Alliance works with key leaders and standards groups around the globe to promote cross-ecosystem collaboration to unleash IoT innovations,” added Tobin Richardson, president and CEO of the Zigbee Alliance. “We are pleased to have this prominent influencer in the Chinese market join us, and look forward to the China Unicom Research Institute sharing their expertise and insight alongside other members as we work together to achieve the promise and potential of the Internet of Things.”


The Zigbee Alliance started out as 25 tech-savvy companies back in 2002 and has grown into a international group of 400+ organisations from 37 countries. The alliance said it has paved the way for the IoT, introducing many certification programmes, and industry specifications and standards.


Zigbee applications have also gained traction in the smart home, commercial buildings, manufacturing, and smart cities markets. The alliance said it continues its work to create friction-free IoT development, and enable consumers to better enjoy the value that the IoT brings to everyone.


China Unicom has branches in 31 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the central government) of China, as well as branches overseas.



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