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NB-IoT Technology overview

NB-IoT is a communications technology (part of the 5G standards) designed and built specifically for Internet of Things devices operating on a narrowband frequency.

NB-IoT is connecting billions of 'things'

Today, about 6.5 billion ‘things’ are connected to the internet. Yet, we are still only connecting less than 1% of what could be potentially connected to the internet. This is because these items are either too remote, too inaccessible, or there are simply too many to make it economically viable to do so. Mobile network operators are changing all that with a new communications technology called Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT)

Learn more about NB-IoT features

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Fully managed and standardized

NB-IoT is part of mobile networks with fully managed, standardized systems guaranteeing the integrity of all data running through it

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Advanced security and encryption

NB IoT has passed security protocols by 3GPP/GMSA the organisations responsible for managing mobile networks globally.

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Great power efficiency for devices

Devices can run on batteries for up to 5 years as they can remain in a deep sleep mode and woken up only when required

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Massive scale for devices on global networks

Billions of IoT devices from smart lights, to smart meters and smart locks can connect to the internet on global NB-IoT networks

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No onsite equipment required

NB-IoT devices can be standalone and do not require any supporting equipment or infrastructure. 

Stronger coverage than mobile networks

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Signals extend 20% beyond normal mobile phone coverage, and it also extends underground and deep within buildings

Designed for low data rates typical of smart devices

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Whilst Wi-Fi has been designed mostly for steaming video and download and sharing large files, NB-IoT is designed for low data transfers.

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Dedicated spectrum bands for better reliability

Dedicated bands have been set for NB-IoT networks to avoid interferences and for low latency

NB-IoT network operators around the world

Explore the community of leading Mobile Network Operators (MNO) offering NB-IoT connectivity services around the world. With a combined footprint covering over 70 countries, our MNO's can address the global IoT connectivity needs of any enterprise anywhere.

See list of NB-IoT MNO partners

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GSMA White Paper report about NB-IoT

Download the comprehensive report from GSMA to get key learnings about NB-IoT technology. The mobile industry is now establishing NB-IoT as a global coverage solution that enables customers, such as application service providers, to deploy and operate their services worldwide.  The recommendations provided in this document are based on the input and deployment plans shared by operator members of NB-IoT Forum, which have launched NB-IoT networks in over 40 countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa, South America and APAC, including Japan, China and South Korea.

Download guide

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NB-IoT Network Operators

141

Mobile Network Operators (MNO) have been rolling out NB-IoT networks on their existing mobile networks all over the world

Countries with NB-IoT

70

Many countries have had nationwide NB-IoT network rollouts in the last two years, check if your country is covered here.

NB-IoT Devices Deployed

100M

Devices such as smart meters (electricity, gas water) smart lighting, smart trackers, and so on have been rolling out globally

NB-IoT Coverage

20%

beyond mobile network coverage. NB-IoT coverage extends deep underground and high in skyscapers.

Licenced spectrums

2

NB-IoT and LTE-M (which our smartlocks also work with) are the only two licenced communication technologies (by GSMA/3GPP)

NB-IoT market size

$22b

According to Allied Market Research the NB-IoT market size is expected to grow to $22 billion by 2030

Documentation, training and resources

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