Telecom network operator Deutsche Telekom has deployed Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) in Germany – enabling commercial network to communicate with sensors.
This was the world’s first field implementation of Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT). Huawei has supplied the telecom network equipment.
The field trial, which took place on its local network in Bonn, Germany, was developed over commercial base stations by software upgrade in order to make them NB-IoT capable.
“Deutsche Telekom is one of the first companies worldwide to have enhanced commercial network to be capable to communicate with sensors,” said Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, chief technology officer of Deutsche Telekom.
NB-IoT is the main trend in the global cellular-based IoT technology and has a range of performance advantages when deployed for IoT applications that have low data rates, long battery lives and that operate unattended for long periods of time.
NB-IoT allows for network deployment with 200 KHz spectrum and a 20dB coverage gain compared to existing cellular-based solutions.
Deutsche Telekom and Huawei evaluated the capabilities of NB-IoT under real commercial conditions and test the usability of NB-IoT for a first application to provide a smart parking to selected users. The trial focused on verifying performance of the technology in a variety of challenging, actual deployment scenarios.