Deutsche Telekom accelerates IoT market development with NB-IoT prototyping hub

Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom today announced it is accelerating IoT market development with Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT) prototyping hub.

The NB-IoT Prototyping Hub lays the foundation for the industry to fully harness the innovative potential of NB-IoT and increase time-to-market speed to the benefit of business and consumers alike, the company said.

The Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT) is currently one of the most widely discussed innovations in M2M communication for the Internet of Things, with analysts anticipating around three billion LPWA connections by 2023.

The technology runs on existing operator networks in licensed spectrum to support a massive number of IoT devices. It is especially optimized for applications with low bandwidth requirements (from 100bit/s to just a few Kbit/s), such as smart parking, smart metering or smart waste management, and enables a much deeper indoor penetration than currently available (+20db compared to GSM).

With low power consumption and a battery life of up to 10 years, the technology is environmentally friendly and ideal for mass production and deployment.

Deutsche Telekom has been actively involved in the development of NB-IoT, realizing the world’s first implementation of pre- standard NB-IoT on a commercial network back in October 2015, and leading efforts within 3GPP and GSMA to promote global standardization.

The 3GPP standard specifications have now been completed (Rel-13, June 2016), paving the way for the introduction of NB-IoT scheduled from 2017 onwards.

“Our aim is to provide our customers with IoT solutions that work worldwide based on international standards,” says Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, chief technology officer, Deutsche Telekom, said. “The NB-IoT technology is a future-proof and reliable solution that supports international operations and will enable a meaningful and broad IoT ecosystem for our customers in the coming years.”
NB-IoT Prototyping Hub will provide Deutsche Telekom’s B2B customers with crucial market insights which will allow for rapid market entry, as well as build flexible and highly scalable NB-IoT applications and business models that will be effective for years to come.

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