NB-IoT (Narrowband - Internet of Things) and LTE-M delivers the economies of scale that the Internet of Things has been lacking. Low data rates and low power demands mean lower sensor and connectivity costs. But don’t underestimate it as ‘IoT lite’, NB-IoT and LTE-M is a lot more as well.
Telia is the first to launch NB-IoT and LTE-M in the Nordics, meaning the Internet of Things can soon launch on a massive scale. Or as we put it, "Things just got real".
Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is a Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology that provides cost efficiency on a massive scale via low-cost, low-power and low-data connectivity. NB-IoT reaches further and penetrates deeper than traditional IoT connectivity. This delivers greater reach for devices in remote areas, locations with high connection density and devices placed deep indoor or underground.
LTE-M hits a sweet spot in terms of data speed, power efficiency (battery life), and coverage. Supporting data speeds up to 1Mbps means LTE-M is flexible enough for functions that involve low to standard resolution video and voice as well as applications requiring moderate data demand monitoring and/or control. LTE-M is ideal for mobile use cases, because it handles hand‑over between cell towers much like high-speed LTE.
NB-IoT and LTE-M technology is presently being rolled out across the Telia networks. As of today, NB-IoT can already be used across Telia’s footprint in the Nordics and Baltics (in Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Baltics).
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