The IoT relies on ICT to reshape traditional industries. By integrating the physical and digital worlds, the IoT has the power to revolutionize future industries. The IoT can streamline business processes, boost productivity, and give customers better products and services, while providing potential for grander innovations. After years of technological advancement and market development, the IoT is poised to unearth a world of untapped ICT opportunities. The massive ecosystem that is the IoT is predicted to facilitate 100 billion connections by 2025.

Every one of these connections has its own requirements, and every device needs intelligent sensors to be able to connect to the cloud. A single network technology cannot cater to every scenario involving the diversity of these mass connections. Network applications are fragmented and have a long time-to-market. Without End-to-End (E2E) network security, artificial intelligence, and Big Data analysis, creating value out of data is an uphill struggle. Facing such challenges, ICT partners must establish broad alliances and joint innovation. Manufacturers, operators, vendors, developers, research institutes, and government agencies each play a part in making the IoT work for us.


Industry Insights

Sam Lucero, IHS analyst

An IoT platform is essentially a virtual IoT operating system. It allows IoT application developers to perform innovation in their fields.

Tobin Richardson, President and CEO of ZigBee Alliance

An ecosystem gathers companies, service providers, and vendors. The greatest value of an ecosystem is that all players in the ecosystem can use an identical language to communicate and develop, achieving both business and market development.

Vernon Turner: Current Trends in IoT

IoT is on the horizon, trends are emerging, and the potential for innovation is high. But, good planning is needed.

Eric Xu: Ubiquitous networks are the basic service provided by operators to connect more people and devices.

As the number of IoT users surges, operators will have more room to grow and increase their revenues.

Ken Hu: The advanced technological age of IoT is here, bringing with it great opportunities across the industry.

The massive requirements and potential applications of IoT are becoming clear: the number of IoT connections will vastly exceed connections between people. IoT is destined to benefit the global economy with transformative technologies made available for wearables, smart home appliances, smart cities, logistics management, and much more.

Guo Ping: Only 10 percent of connections are between users – the rest are between devices or between users and devices.

We expect to see 100 billion connections by 2025: 55 percent will be in the business domain and 45 percent will be for consumers. The massive number of connections will enable significant productivity gains for companies and individuals.

Scenario-Based Industry Solutions

IoT at your side

Smart Water

The Smart Water Service Solution adopts NB-IoT technology, which features low power consumption, low costs, and wide coverage. This solution provides more reliable and smarter water utility processing capabilities, using the IoT platform.

AMI Smart Meter Reading

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) smart meter reading helps collect all electrical data, reduce the line loss rate, mitigate arrears risks, ensure the integrity of metering data, and accelerate payment collection using broadband Hi-PLC meter reading technology or eLTE-IoT wireless technology.

Smart Parking

Huawei Smart Parking Solution collects and queries parking space information based on NB-IoT technologies. This solution reduces operational costs, such as labor costs, increases the parking space usage as well as revenue, and monetizes data.

Smart Shared Bicycle Lock

Huawei Shared Bicycle Lock Solution perfectly leverages NB-IoT advantages such as low power consumption, massive connections, wide coverage, and low costs. This solution helps bicycle-sharing service providers develop an IoT-based sharing economy.

Connected City Lighting

Huawei Connected City Lighting Solution integrates with LED lighting technologies to provide value-added services including street light control and pole resource expansion.

Smart Logistics

Huawei Smart Logistics Solution uses vehicle-mounted terminals to collect data from multiple sensors such as temperature sensors, GPS receivers, and identity cards, then backhauls the data through networks.

Smart Smoke Detector

Huawei NB-IoT-based Smart Smoke Detector Solution uses wireless communications. The smoke detectors are plug-and-play and require no cabling, which effectively helps fire protection, prevents economic losses, and limits physical damages caused by fires.

Elevators Connection

Huawei Elevators Connection Solution collects elevator operational data in real time and provides backhaul capabilities. The backend data center analyzes the Big Data and makes decisions with external systems, helping remotely manage and preventatively maintain elevators.

Engineering Truck Predictive Maintenance

Huawei Engineering Truck Predictive Maintenance Solution analyzes historical data by using the cloud to rapidly diagnose faults and effectively shorten the fault recovery time.

eLTE Smart Factory

The eLTE Smart Factory Solution supports unlicensed spectrums and uses a broadband and narrowband integrated, multi-service wireless network, allowing for access of diversified terminals. The network is managed and maintained in a unified way.

eLTE Gas Detection

Huawei eLTE Gas Detection Solution enables a single site to provide network coverage with a cell radius of 2 to 6 kilometers. There are no coverage blind spots throughout the entire factory area. Wired deployment problems are resolved. The eLTE network can support various services and help petrochemical enterprises establish smart factories.

Smart White Goods

Huawei NB-IoT-based Smart White Goods Solution offers good indoor coverage and high online availability of household appliances. This solution can remotely monitor the usage and status of white goods and help maintenance personnel remotely position and maintain them.

Smart Home

Provides E2E smart home solutions, including household monitoring, home surveillance, family communication, family healthcare, and green home, to help operators increase service revenue.

Internet of Vehicles

The IoV uses radio voice, digital communications, and satellite navigation systems to provide drivers and passengers with services, such as traffic information, emergency response, and remote vehicle diagnosis through a radio communications network.

Related Solutions

OceanConnect IoT Platform

Accelerates the development of innovative industry applications by connecting devices. The solution allows users to manage data, connections, operations, and security, and provides openness to application platform interfaces (API).

Smart Home Gateway

Boosts ARPU by letting carriers go beyond traditional home broadband services to deliver perceptual home services with new functions like home health, entertainment, security, and home automation.


Meets the requirements of the industrial Internet by deploying smart edge devices widely on smart street lights and buildings . More support for interfaces and protocols greatly boosts computing capabilities and storage.


Adopts ubiquitous NB-IoT network to create smart commercial opportunities such as meter reading, parking, logistics tracking, and solutions for smart cities.

eLTE Private Wireless Networks

Huawei’s eLTE private wireless network is designed to integrate different access technologies and provide both broadband and narrowband services on a single network, fulfilling enterprises’ production and operation requirements.

Huawei LiteOS

Provides open APIs under a lightweight and open source IoT OS, enabling partners to develop IoT products like intelligent home appliances, IoV, and smart manufacturing.


In the IoT field, Huawei opens up network capabilities to build open business ecosystems. Huawei is integrating IoT solutions with industries and works with partners to accelerate the commercialization of the IoT industry.

Huawei has released IoT Solution Partnership Program and provides three platforms (Developer Community, OpenLab, and Marketplace) for partners to support the design, development, integration, certification, and sales of IoT solutions, and will invest USD $1 billion to support developers. The Developer Community offers partners source code, APIs, development documents, tools, and learning guides of five product series, and helps developers quickly develop network applications. Huawei has established a number of OpenLabs around the globe, including 13 self-owned labs in Shenzhen, Xi’an, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, and Düsseldorf, and 8 others for global operators such as Vodafone. These labs allow partners to leverage and integrate capabilities opened up in Huawei’s IoT solutions. Huawei provides IoT partners with OpenLab services, including joint solution innovation and integrated solution verification, while demonstrating joint solutions and achievements via online and offline marketing to promote IoT solutions.

Huawei has joined a wide range of IoT organizations, including the IIC, AIOTI, oneM2M, IEEE, and OMA. As of December 31, 2016, Huawei had joined over 300 standards organizations, industry alliances, and open source communities, and assumed more than 280 key positions in these organizations. As an important contributor to ICT standards and the industry, Huawei engages in the formation and promotion of mainstream international standards and works with industry partners to build win-win industry chains and ecosystems. In the 2015 Global Mobile Broadband Forum, Huawei partnered with industry-leading enterprises and institutions to set up an NB-IoT Forum and promote NB-IoT industry development. By June 2017, this forum had enlisted 64 members and witnessed a booming NB-IoT industry. In addition, Huawei has set up an IoT innovation center and dedicated expert team in Europe, participated in Industry 4.0, and joined the AIOTI for joint innovation with prestigious European enterprises. Huawei has jointly initiated the first testbed project in China with Haier, China Telecom, and China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, who are also members of the IIC. As a deputy council member of the Alliance of Industrial Internet, Huawei seeks to advance the IoT industry. All these relentless industry practices jointly performed by Huawei and industry partners speed up the commercialization of the IoT industry.