India’s Tech Ecosystem Encompassing IoT Deployment Is At Curious Crossroads

Eric Zhou, EVP, UNISOC

UNISOC is a fabless semiconductor company committed to R&D of core chipsets in mobile communications and AIoT. Its products cover mobile chipset platforms supporting 2G/3G/4G/5G communication standards and various chipset solutions in the field of IoT, RFFE, wireless connection, TV, etc. Eric Zhou, executive vice president, UNISOC, throws light on the ways India based IoT firms can scale-up deployment and results.

Eric Zhou, EVP, UNISOC

Q. Which are the top three technologies that are shaping the future of IoT? How are these influencing the future of IoT?

A. The growth trajectory of the global IoT ecosystem is being shaped by several interconnected, interdependent technologies.

Take, for instance, artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies such as machine learning and data analytics. Not only are these technologies providing the framework on which IoT solutions are built but are also helping in ensuring better service delivery, higher personalisation, and more interconnectivity to the benefit of the end-consumer.

The mass deployment of many advanced IoT solutions is hindered by bandwidth-related challenges. The introduction of 5G will address these issues and allow for high-speed connectivity needed to power the IoT ecosystem, leading to the development and deployment of the next wave of platform architectures and devices.

The biggest driver for IoT, however, will be NB-IoT. This technology, which leverages DSS modulation, is being hailed as a faster and potentially less expensive IoT connectivity option despite its higher upfront costs. This is because, unlike other wireless connectivity options, NB-IoT allows sensor data to be directly communicated to the primary server.

Q. Between the cellular and NB-IOT/LPWA families of wireless technologies, which one are you betting upon? Why?

A. We have a broad range of good products in NB-IoT/CAT1/GPRS. All of these directions have good conditions in industrial ecology, and we will be focussing on these. UNISOC is one of the few companies in the industry that can provide the most comprehensive low-power wide-area (LPWA) technology portfolio.

Q. How ready is India’s tech eco-system to develop and deploy IoT solutions?