MWC’17: Commsolid and Rohde & Schwarz Collaborate on NarrowBand IoT and its Evolution

Performance optimized and easy-to-integrate solutions support customers and operators in seamless deployment of massive IoT

Dresden/ Munich, February 23, 2017: Commsolid, the cellular IoT IP (Intellectual Property) company, and Rohde & Schwarz, leading manufacturer of test and measurement equipment, today announce the collaboration on NarrowBand IoT (Cat-NB1, NB-IoT). First results of the collaboration will already be presented at the Mobile World Congress 2017: Rohde & Schwarz Cat-NB1 enabled R&S CMW500 connected to Commsolid’s CSN130 reference platform running full applications on top of NB-IoT’s new control plane data transmission.

“By testing complete applications on a 3GPP standard compliant NB-IoT link we can provide truly integration ready solutions to our IP customers”, states Dr. Matthias Weiss, Managing Director at Commsolid. “We already collaborated with Rohde & Schwarz via the 5G Lab activities for a long time. Now, we are pleased to expand our collaboration today to NB-IoT and its evolution towards 5G. This will help to tackle the challenges of massive IoT systems which already appear on the horizon.”

“Working jointly to verify 3GPP Rel. 13 Cat-NB1 with our R&S CMW500 reference implementation underscores the commitment of both our companies to making cellular IoT technologies a success story,” affirms Anton Messmer, Vice President Mobile Radio Testers at Rohde & Schwarz. “State-of-the-art test equipment that supports technologies such as NB-IoT combined with our mutual research activities at ‘5G Lab’ confirm our technological leadership in pioneering solutions for 5G’s massive IoT test requirements.”

Starting with 3GPP Release 13, NB-IoT is considered already as a pillar of 5G besides highest data rates and ultra-reliable data communication. To accommodate the increasing number of devices communicating agile and in parallel via the Internet of Things (IoT), the capabilities of the standard will be enriched in the next evolving 3GPP Release 14, which is already in the process of standardization. In result, a wealth of revolutionary smart use cases and applications will become reality.

About Commsolid

Commsolid is the cellular IP company providing leading edge ultra-low power solutions for the growing IoT market. This market demands highly optimized and easy-to-integrate communication solutions for the NarrowBand-IoT standard, allowing every sensor to be directly connected to the Internet. Once integrated into customer integrated circuits (ICs), Commsolid’s baseband Intellectual Property (IP) enables smart applications that modernize and enrich our life in areas like health care, smart home, transport, logistic systems and industrial applications. Leveraging the experience of more than a decade at the forefront of the wireless communication business, Commsolid has unique capabilities to handle high volume and extremely integrated low power solutions.

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Press Contact: Antje Davids-Weis, +49 351 219 488,

Explore the demonstration of a full application based on NB-IoT at the Mobile World Congress at the Commsolid booth in Hall 7, Stand 7M32!

About Rohde & Schwarz

The Rohde & Schwarz electronics group offers innovative solutions in all fields of wireless communications as well as in IT security. Founded more than 80 years ago, the independent company has an extensive sales and service network with subsidiaries and representatives in more than 70 countries. On June 30, 2016, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 10,000 employees. The group achieved a net revenue of approximately EUR 1.92 billion in the 2015/2016 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and also has strong regional hubs in Asia and the USA.

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