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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)
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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
Advanced security and encryption
NB IoT has passed security protocols by 3GPP/GMSA the organisations responsible for managing mobile networks globally.
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
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
No onsite equipment required
NB-IoT devices can be standalone and do not require any supporting equipment or infrastructure.
Stronger coverage than mobile networks
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
Whilst Wi-Fi has been designed mostly for steaming video and download and sharing large files, NB-IoT is designed for low data transfers.
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.
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.
NB-IoT Network Operators
Mobile Network Operators (MNO) have been rolling out NB-IoT networks on their existing mobile networks all over the world
Countries with NB-IoT
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
Devices such as smart meters (electricity, gas water) smart lighting, smart trackers, and so on have been rolling out globally
beyond mobile network coverage. NB-IoT coverage extends deep underground and high in skyscapers.
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
According to Allied Market Research the NB-IoT market size is expected to grow to $22 billion by 2030
Documentation, training and resources
NB-IoT Technology Guide
Smart Access vs Traditional Access
Mobile Operators backing NB-IoT
NB IoT Smart Access provides telco's existing large enterprise customers with significant benefits including; improved security; cost and time savings; meeting regulatory/compliance requirements (e.g PCI).