Nokia demonstrated Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology at Mobile World Congress in collaboration with Intel and Vodafone Group. The demo marked a milestone in the drive towards commercialising NB-IoT as a global standard for connecting billions of meters, sensors, tracking devices and other objects crucial for a programmable world.
NB-IoT is a 3GPP LTE Release 13 radio access technology designed especially for enabling cellular connectivity to Internet of Things devices, and is designed to combine long-range mobile connections with long battery life.
NB-IoT is a narrowband radio technology specially designed for the Internet of Things (IoT). The technology is currently being standardised by 3GPP. NB-IoT will maximize efficiency by supporting low-power transmission of small data among massive number of low throughput devices. The technology can be deployed in-band, utilizing resource blocks within a normal LTE carrier with a smooth upgrade to existing networks
It enables operators to use their LTE spectrum for low power IoT devices generally transmitting very small amounts of data much more efficiently, as NB-IoT uses 200 kHz channels, rather than the usual 5 MHz channels for LTE.
The technology is expected to help billions of things connect by reducing costs, enhancing coverage and extending the battery life of connected objects. The enhanced coverage of NB-IoT compared with conventional LTE will allow for the tracking of objects deep within buildings and in rural areas, as shown in the joint demonstration.
The demonstration showcases the network coverage enhancements and benefits of future NB-IoT services from Vodafone in both rural and urban scenarios, supported by NB-IoT-enabled network equipment from Nokia and client device technology from Intel.
The system highlights NB-IoT's capability to support the massive number of low-throughput sensors and devices that will enable next-generation services to consumers, smart cities, utilities and industry.