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u-blox and Telenor Connexion team-up for Network Friendly M2M modems

Intelligent 2G/3G modules from u-blox optimize
performance and prevent network overload in M2M and IoT applications

Thalwil, Switzerland and
Stockholm, Sweden, Oct. 20, 2014 – Swiss
u­-blox, a
global leader in wireless communications and positioning semiconductors and
modules, and Telenor
an M2M focused arm of Telenor Group, one of the world’s largest telecom
companies, have collaborated to secure efficient and optimized usage of M2M and
IoT devices and applications in mobile networks. The aim is to further enable rapid
growth and accelerate deployments of connected solutions.

typical distributed IoT applications such as smart metering and remote security
systems, a cellular modem may attempt multiple times to connect to the network.
If numerous units make simultaneous attempts, for example energy meters
reporting their readings at midnight, a network may become overloaded and

recognition of this scenario, and to further guide IoT device and application developers,
u-blox and Telenor Connexion have introduced a “Network Friendly Mode” which
will be embedded in all u-blox cellular modules. The firmware allows the modem
to autonomously attempt to connect to the cellular network based on pre-defined
and geometrically longer time delays, and a maximum number of attempts. The
“Network Friendly Mode” is based on the recently published GSMA report “IoT
Device Connection Efficiency Guidelines”, which promotes optimized modem
behavior in cellular networks.

successful partnership with u-blox ensures an optimal performance of our
networks. The new firmware introduced in u-blox’ modules enables devices and
applications to communicate in the most intelligent and efficient way, whilst
preventing service outages, thereby ensuring a continued reliable service to
our M2M customers. This collaboration is also paving the way for a larger
adoption of best practices within the M2M and IoT developer community.” said Rémi Demerlé, Global
Partnerships Director at Telenor Connexion.

are pleased with the result of our close cooperation with Telenor Connexion to
address an issue facing all developers of IoT applications: how to ensure reliable
and predictable network connectivity in all possible scenarios,” said Richard
Fry, VP Strategic Partnerships at u-blox. “By carefully analyzing modem
behavior within their extensive 2G and 3G networks, we were able to define a
robust algorithm that provides optimal connectivity, even when large numbers of
units are involved.“

more information, please contact: 

Richard Fry, VP Strategic Partnerships, u-blox
Phone:   +44 1763 269 001
E-mail: richard.fry@u-blox.com

Kristina Grandin, Marketing & Communications Manager, Telenor Connexion
Phone:   +46 734 252621

Telenor Connexion is a part of Telenor Group, one of the world’s largest mobile operators.