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  • Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) Overview – Post from Grandmetric Advisor

    Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) Overview – Post from Grandmetric Advisor

    Date: 16.02.2018

    Narrowband Internet of Things (Narrowband IoT or simply 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 Narrowband IoT 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, IoT, digitalization, cloud, 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. In 2017 he joined Grandmetric as Advisory Board Member.

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