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India to launch first 5G testbed

Cavli Wireless and Maker Village, the Indian IoT and hardware innovation hub, will open the test lab in Q3 at the Kinfra Hi Tech park campus in Kochi.

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The testbed will enable start-ups to develop 5G-ready IoT solutions to global standards
The testbed will enable start-ups to develop 5G-ready IoT solutions to global standards

Cavli Wireless, a cellular Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider, and Maker Village, the Indian IoT and hardware innovation hub, are collaborating to establish a 5G network test lab in India.

 

The aim of the lab is to enable IoT equipment and device manufacturers to test their prototypes in real-world settings to help fast track development of next-generation IoT products.

 

Fully functional test platform

 

According to the partners, when the lab goes live in Q3 2020, it will mark the first time Indian engineering teams have access to a fully functional test platform with 5G coverage.

 

“The launch of 5G technologies is expected to have a transformative effect on society, especially with the development of smart cities. Cavli, with its innovative suite of solutions, is here to ensure that IoT solution developers are able to experience the power of 5G technology, through the test platform that will be set up,” said John Mathew, chief technology architect, Cavli Wireless.

 

The partners said the lab will go live in time to help 5G technology’s “momentous transformation” of cellular technologies, such as narrowband IoT (NB IoT) and LTE-M, into mass adoption.

 

The test network will be available with 5G standalone and non-standalone modes (supporting sub-6Ghz bands), alongside LTE NB-IoT and CAT-M for low-power, wide-area networks (LPWAN).

 

“We are confident this platform will inspire start-ups and companies across the globe to prepare their IoT products and prototypes for the latest 5G technology standards.”

 

Access to the 5G test network will be free of charge to enable IoT start-ups in the country to develop 5G-ready IoT solutions that are compliant with global standards. Cavli will provide 5G test network users with complimentary six-month access to their global IoT connectivity platform (www.hubblethings.io) that enables users to power M2M local data connectivity for their solutions across the globe by virtue of Cavli’s data partnerships with telecom operators.

 

5G test network

 

Start-ups and businesses currently involved in developing commercial IoT solutions can apply for free access to the 5G test network which will be available inside the Kinfra Hi Tech park campus in Kochi, India.

 

In addition to providing complimentary Hubble subscriptions, Cavli will provide test network users with the soon-to-be-released C200 series 5G IoT cellular modules/modems and the C1X, C3X, C4X series cellular IoT modules and modems, which will be released later this year.

 

“Cavli Wireless is proud to collaborate with Maker Village and pioneer to bring the 5G test network lab for the IoT start-ups in India,” added Mathew.

 

“We are confident this platform will inspire start-ups and companies across the globe to prepare their IoT products and prototypes for the latest 5G technology standards.”

 

Maker Village is the largest electronic hardware incubator and expert systems development model (ESDM) facility in the country. It is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India and the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IIITM).

 

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