T-Mobile Stands Up First U.S.-Wide Narrowband IoT Network

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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.

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“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.

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