You want to make the right choice for your network technology now and not get left behind for 5G. Our Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) has a roadmap that evolves into 5G to ensure your product doesn’t get stranded.
NB-IoT is purpose built for extended battery life, deep indoor and nationwide coverage over our secure LTE network.
Only NB-IoT lets you use the same infrastructure of towers and gateways used for smartphones without competing for consumer and business LTE resources. It’s an unmatched combination of scale and low cost.
The migration from 4G to 5G will drive several things in the IoT market. First, enabling massive IoT connectivity, second, much higher throughput (5G will outpace 4G speeds by a factor of 30 – up to 1Gig/sec). Lastly, latency on 5G will be only 5ms or so.
T-Mobile is focusing on both consumer and business applications for IoT. On the consumer side the key areas are Connected Home and Connected Car. With respect to business, the focus has been on Asset Management and Fleet applications.
There are 3 principles businesses should follow when evaluating and creating new IoT applications. Remember that while IoT evolved from technology, the customer and business outcomes are what matter.
T-Mobile’s technology roadmap includes three key areas. First, the LTE network that supports anything from CAT1 and up. Second, the Narrowband NB-IoT and third is 5G which supports many new use cases for IoT.
Different systems, operating in silos, need to talk to each other. A recent McKinsey study showed that 40% of IoT’s value will be realized once interoperability is overcome. This has to be one of the first barriers to be breached.
The future of IoT will be driven by innovators and developers looking for the next ‘killer app’. T-Mobile’s role is to get the right technology into the hands of these innovators as seamlessly as possible.
The future of IoT involves ecosystems being built that transcend today’s silos. For example, smart cities will begin to communicate with autonomous cards to enable traffic to flow freely and get people to their destination faster.
T-Mobile is leveraging the cradlepoint solution to backup network connection it retail stores. Cradlepoint backup “saves” directly increased availability at retail.
IoT customers have vastly different coverage needs. By leveraging the 600Mhz spectrum acquisition, T-Mobile is able to add coverage throughout the entire US, adding significant value to our IoT offering.
Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) represents the first network built specifically for IoT devices that need to stay in the field far longer than phones. NB-IoT will be the standard to innovate around for years to come.
5G will not replace LTE and 4G: unlike previous generations of technology 5G offers plural connectivity i.e. a device can be connected to 5G and LTE and aggregate services from both, getting best of both worlds
T-Mobile will be the first company to roll out a nationwide NB-IoT network in the U.S. in the summer of 2018, so that IoT innovators can implement 5G-based use cases across the country by 2020
There are great benefits to a 3GPP-based technology approach for IoT such as T-Mobile is taking Adhering to global standards allows T-Mobile to address ioT on a globally scaled basis
There are many IoT use cases that 5G will facilitate that are not just about speed. Many use cases are about connecting sensors and tracking objects of all kinds to the network
Two things are needed for 5G and IoT: nationwide coverage and mobility (because some IoT applications will require mobility). As a lower spectrum, 600 MHz propagates better and penetrates further
5G is not just about download speed; It’s also about facilitating vertical industry applications that require massive IoT connectivity with low latency and high reliability
We have learned the importance of fully understanding the capabilities of NB-IoT. We’ve learned the necessity to right size innovation to ensure that it is congruous with NB-IoT capabilities
NB-IoT, CAT-M and 5G are complementary. For example, NB-IoT fits Low Power Wide Area networks of widespread sensors and measuring devices that require infrequent communication
T-Mobile was the first company to see the IoT and 5G opportunityT-Mobile was first to market with NB-IoT, first to launch i.e. in Las Vegas and will complete national rollout in summer of 2018
Best time to replace expensive M2M technology with NB-IoT is when you are installing new end points, for example to enable a shipper and their customers to know where shipments are
NB-IoT is more secure because it is based on LTE-and therefore deploys a scalable stack of solutions that authenticates network and end points
Successful IoT initiatives take a holistic approach that gets Finance, Business Units, HR, IT and Supply-Chain leaders involved in the initiative
Outcome based-pricing is an IoT business opportunity: Smart Cities innovators are finding wide range of outcome based pricing opportunities in municipal services like street maintenance
IoT services are generating revenue by giving consumers control, for example services delivered via connected cars are enabling consumers to manage their home, even their pets.
Example of IoT for asset management: Industrial equipment dealers and service companies are equipping bulldozers and earth movers with sensors to track their location and usage
NB-IoT combines LTE network’s security, efficiency and serviceability—and cost leverage from the scale of the global smart phone industry
NB-IoT is the solution that will be right in 5 years and yet is available today; its product road map fits the direction that 3GPP, the standards group, is setting for the entire ecosystem to migrate toward 5G
Some innovators (Boeing) have used IoT to cut costs and improve quality; others (GE) have used it to change their brand image
Getting network integrated with IoT services from T-Mobile ensures better performance; holistic approach can be managed by smart phone app; T-Mobile is “single throat to choke”
T-Mobile helps early adopter companies and their partners build entire new business ecosystems on its network
Industrial leaders like Bosch, Siemens and Boeing are using IoT to change the structure of their markets and reconfigure their supply chain