NB-IoT Prototyping Hub initiative seeks to deliver highly innovative solutions across multiple industry sectors
Deutsche Telekom has announced the roll-out of NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT) technology in eight countries across Europe.
In Germany, Deutsche Telekom has already run several pilots with large customers in the areas of smart metering, smart parking and asset tracking and plans to commercially introduce NB-IoT in the second quarter of 2017.
Nationwide implementation of the NB-IoT network in the Netherlands is scheduled to be completed in 2017 with several customers, including indoor climate specialist Itho Daalderop, railway maintenance specialist Dual Inventive and sensor maker Smartsensors, also lined up to use the network.
The technology’s key advantages are its low-cost factor, good coverage in buildings (20dB more than GSM), extremely long battery life of connected devices as well as its usage of licensed spectrum and approved standardisation by 3GPP which enable LTE-based security.
“As the first company to push NarrowBand-IoT across Europe, we are proud to provide further evidence of Deutsche Telekom’s technology leadership,” said Claudia Nemat, board member for technology and innovation at Deutsche Telekom.
“We will continue to upgrade our base stations throughout Europe to support NarrowBand-IoT using the 900MHz and 800MHz frequency. The technology has achieved the promised 20dB improvement in coverage and we are confident that our customers [will] quickly realise the advantages of harnessing the benefits that NarrowBand-IoT provides to remain at the forefront of innovation.”
In its other European markets, including Austria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, Deutsche Telekom said it plans to extend the already existing NB-IoT coverage to more cities during 2017.
The European roll-out comes just four months after the company presented what it claims is the world’s first live NB-IoT end-to-end system and smart parking application in October 2016 in Bonn, Germany.
Deutsche Telekom is also further developing the NB-IoT ecosystem through its NB-IoT Prototyping Hub, a program intended to accelerate market adoption by bringing existing and potential customers together with specialised IoT developers.
They can use the company’s live NB-IoT base stations to test new applications and sensors in its labs in Berlin and Krakow in Poland, supported by a dedicated software toolkit.
Visitors to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (27 February-2 March) will be able to see the NB-IoT Prototyping Hub on Deutsche Telekom’s stand as well as attend panel discussions and deep dive sessions.
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