Cavli Wireless, a global leader in cellular Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, and Maker Village, the Indian IoT and hardware innovation hub, are collaborating to launch India's first 5G network test lab in Q3 2020. The lab will enable IoT OEMs and ODMs to test their prototypes in real-world settings to fast track the product development processes, and will mark the first time Indian engineering teams have access to a local cutting-edge, fully functional test platform with 5G coverage.
The lab will go live just in time to help 5G technology's momentous transformation of cellular technologies, such as Narrowband IoT (NB IoT) and long-term machine type communication (LTE-M), into mass adoption. When asked about the significance of this initiative, John Mathew, Chief Technology Architect, Cavli Wireless said, "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." "Cavli Wireless is proud to collaborate with Maker Village and pioneer to bring the 5G test network lab for the IoT startups in India. We are confident this platform will inspire startups and companies across the globe to prepare their IoT products and prototypes for the latest 5G technology standards," added Mathew. The test network will be available with 5G SA and NSA modes (supporting sub-6Ghz bands), alongside the LTE NB-IoT and CAT-M for LPWAN side of the IoT. Access to this 5G test network will be free of charge to enable IoT startups 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 that enable users to power M2M local data connectivity for their solutions across the globe by virtue of Cavli's data partnerships with telecom operators. Startups 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.