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 NB-IoT-based Smart Water Solution provides deep coverage with low power consumption. It works on existing operator networks, which are highly reliable and maintenance free. This solution accelerates the large-scale development of smart water services. It also helps water utilities minimize water leakage, reduce user complaints, and improve management.

Smart Gas

The NB-IoT Smart Gas Solution provides deep coverage with low power consumption. It works on existing operator networks, which are highly reliable and maintenance free. This solution helps natural gas utilities achieve preventive maintenance, provide convenient services, reduce user complaints, and increase profits. NB-IoT enables the large-scale rapid growth of smart gas services.

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 PLC-IoT meter reading or eLTE-IoT wireless technology.

Smart Parking

The Huawei NB-IoT Smart Parking Solution collects and queries parking data in real time. This solution improves fee collection, reduces labor costs, and eases traffic congestion cause by drivers looking for a spot.

Smart Shared Bicycle Lock

The Huawei Shared Bike Lock Solution perfectly leverages NB-IoT advantages such as low power consumption, deep and wide coverage, and low costs. This solution helps bike-sharing service providers develop an IoT-based sharing economy.

Smart Street Lamps

The Huawei Smart Street Lamps Solution integrates the technologies of both IoT and LED lighting to provide precise single-lamp control and maintenance. This solution saves power and reduces street lamp O&M costs.

Smart Smoke Detection

The Huawei NB-IoT-based Smart Smoke Detection 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.

Smart Cold Chain

The Huawei NB-IoT Smart Cold Chain Solution runs on operator NB-IoT networks. The solution provides excellent network coverage, requires little terminal power, and supports global roaming. NB-IoT Smart Cold Chain enables real-time reporting and allows for monitoring of long-distance transportation of sensitive goods such as medical supplies.

Smart Building

The Huawei EC-IoT-based Smart Building Solution can collect and analyze a variety of data both inside and outside a building. This solution makes use of comprehensive processing capabilities such as sensing, inference, judgment, and decision-making to ensure a greener, safer, and more efficient environment. The EC-IoT-based Smart Building Solution is making buildings smarter than you ever thought possible.

Smart Locks

The NB-IoT-based Smart Locks Solution features good network coverage, long standby time, and is easy to deploy and maintain. Based on this solution, hotel room reservation, check-in, and check-out can all be performed by using cloud locks, and no reception is required, which saves operating costs.

eLTE Port AGV Communications

The eLTE Port AGV Communications Solution uses advanced 4.5G technologies and works on unlicensed spectrum to provide reliable LTE wireless connections. The solution enables reliable access and control of port automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and increases the operation efficiency and benefits of shipping ports.

Elevators Connection

The 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.

eLTE Smart Factory

The eLTE Smart Factory Solution supports the use of unlicensed spectrum. It uses an integrated broadband and narrowband, multi-service wireless network, allowing for access of a wide variety of terminals. The network is managed and maintained centrally.

eLTE Gas Detection

The 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

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

Smart Home

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

Connected Vehicle

The Huawei Connected Vehicle Solution is globally deployed based on the OceanConnect IoT platform and public cloud provided by Huawei. This solution enables hundreds of millions of vehicle connections, provides cross-industry interconnectivity, and supports joint development of connected vehicle services, smart homes, and smart cities. End users can enjoy innovative mobility services and integrated services involving people, vehicle, life, and society.

Connected Cow

The NB-IoT-based Connected Cow Solution supports a five-year terminal battery life, provides up to five-kilometer coverage, and enables efficient deployment of cow-dedicated information collection terminals. The solution can increase the cow estrus detection rate and the revenue of dairy farms.

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 device-pipe-cloud capabilities to build industry ecosystems. Huawei is integrating IoT solutions with industries and works with partners to accelerate the development 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 has invested 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 14 self-owned labs in Shenzhen, Xi'an, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, and Düsseldorf, and 8 others for global operators such as Vodafone. 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. Up to now, 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 2016 Global Mobile Broadband Forum, Huawei partnered with GSMA, Vodafone, China Mobile, China Unicom, Qualcomm, GTI, Intel, LG U+, Ericsson, Nokia, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, and other leading enterprises and institutions to set up an NB-IoT Forum and promote NB-IoT industry development. By October 2017, this forum had enlisted 72 members. 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.