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Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) Overview – A Guest Post from Grandmetric Advisor


Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is a secure, reliable, and efficient type of Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) Technology that was standardized by 3GPP in Release 13 (LTE Advanced Pro) and uses licensed spectrum. Benefits of NB-IoT include:

  • low power consumption (device battery can last up to 10 year)
  • massive connections (tens of thousands of devices per base station)
  • long range (about 5 km in dense urban areas and about 50 km in rural area)
  • good signal penetration (can reach elevators inside buildings as well as basement and underground car parks)
  • low device cost (less than 5 US$ per module)
  • low connectivity cost (few US dollars per year)

The figure below illustrates the benefits of NB-IoT. Source: u-bloxNBIOT

NB-IoT is adapted by key players, which led to a mature ecosystem as well as commercial launch in many countries. Players include:

  • Telecommunications Equipment Vendors: Huawei, Nokia, Ericsson, etc
  • Chipset vendors: Qualcomm, MediaTek, Huawei, sequans, etc
  • Module manufacturer: u-blox, Quectel, Gemalto, etc
  • MNOs: Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, China Mobile, Orange, STC, Etisalat, etc

Additional information is available in the presentation.

If you are interested in reading more about technical aspects of NBIoT operation – go to our other post on NB-IoT here. For more info on wireless technologies that influence the IoT landscape, we recommend our blogposts on Low Power Wide Area Networks and eMTC for further reading.











Youssouf Ould Cheikh Mouhamedou

Dr. Youssouf Ould Cheikh Mouhamedou is a Senior Wireless Access Expert. He has 15+ years of international experience in both the academic and telecom sectors in North America (Canada), Europe (Germany and France), and MENA Region (Saudi Arabia) relating to wireless telecommunications, software development, and project management. His interests are in wireless technology innovations and trends, strategy and roadmap, interfacing with vendors, project execution and monitoring, and technical alliances and partnerships. He received Dipl.-Ing. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Munich University of Technology (TUM), Germany, and McGill University, Canada, respectively.

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