T-Mobile’s narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network is now live in North America.
T-Mobile announced its new Narrowband IoT network is now live nationwide. They are the first U.S. carrier to launch NB-IoT and the first global carrier to launch in the guard bands for superior efficiency. They also announced a new partner program, T-Mobile Connect, which is designed to assist IoT service providers in bringing their offerings to T-Mobile’s network quickly.
NB-IoT is low-power (LPWAN) advanced LTE technology built on the 3GPP standard. It provides a gateway to 5G IoT and boasts long battery life and low cost. By using the guard bands, which is equivalent to driving down the shoulders of a freeway, T-Mobile is able to be more efficient in utilizing network resources meaning IoT applications will have no competition from other data traffic.
“We’re always innovating to bring customers the latest technology, and NB-IoT is the globally-preferred standard to power the rapidly expanding world of IoT applications,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer at T-Mobile. “So of course, T-Mobile is the first to bring NB-IoT to the U.S., lighting up new capabilities to connect massive numbers of devices at low cost.”
The NB-IoT plan from T-Mobile costs just $6 annually for up to 12MB per device, and several NB-IoT modules using the Qualcomm MDM9206 LTE IoT modem are pre-certified for use on the new network. That’s just a tenth of the price of a comparable network on Verizon. For applications needing additional bandwidth and voice service, T-Mobile offers Cat-1 Access Packs.
The network can be used for asset tracking, fleet management, utility monitoring, and other industrial IoT use cases. T-Mobile partners are working on solutions that use the network to relieve traffic congestion, improve food safety and more.