BEIJING, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- China's bicyle-sharing start-up ofo on Wednesday partnered with two Chinese telecom companies -- Huawei and China Telecom to improve its connectivity.
The firms will begin research on narrow band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) solutions for smart bicyle locks to improve the riding experience.
The NB-loT technology will allow connections between IoT devices faster and on a wider range. The connection also consumes less energy.
Ofo founder and CEO Dai Wei said the upgrade will solve the problems with smart locks.
Bicyle-sharing is the latest tech craze in China. Dai pioneered the service when he released the first station-less and app-enabled bicyles in Peking University in June 2015. Users can search for a bicyle and unlock it through a smart phone app.
Ofo says it has bicyles in 40 cities with a customer base of 15 million.