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.
Asset Tracking is growing in the marketplace as it provide high ROI and value to the bottom line pivotal point of a company’s digital transformation strategy and allows a company to have insights into their business they did’t have before.
Security and IT integration are the biggest challenges in developing Asset Tracking solutions. T-Mobile is helping by deploying their internal security team to consult direcly.
Asset Tracking only requires small packets of data bandwidth and only during transmission, ideal for T-Mobile’s NB-IoT network.
Asset Tracking solutions are exploding in the marketplace today in sectors like agriculture, construction, industrial and retail. In agriculture, farmers can monitor moisture in the fields and temperatures in the barn.
NB-Iot was designed to run on ‘skinny’ channels of approximately 200khz. We realized that we can fit a few IoT carriers channels within a guard band without interfering with LTE traffic.
T-Mobile complies with industry standards and provides test cases that ensure interoperability. In addition, we help build and test security within partner technology and devices, and provide end-to-end solutions for optimizing their solutions on the T-Mobile network.
T-Mobile offers wireless retail backup to make sure the cash registers never go down. T-Mobile has built a coast-to-coast networks solution & increased its LTE footprint 3x in the last 4 years.
T-Mobile partnered with the City of Las Vegas in their Innovation District. A Ublox module was deployed to to help make street and public space lighting more efficiant and safe.
T-Mobile worked with Las Vegas on an NB-IoT intensive smart city project. Introduced Guard Band technology which allows IoT data to ride on the margins of the voice and data spectrum without affecting existing LTE traffic.
Competing IoT technologies like bluetooth, wifi etc, are often running on unlicensed spectrum without robust security mechanisms. Customers who value reliability, seamless mobility, security should seek a low-power wide-area NB solution.
Since July 2018, T-Mobile NB-IoT is truly nationwide, covering 320MM people. Working with our chipset and module vendors to make available IoT-based low-cost modems for partners to use. 2 are already commercially ready, with several more in the pipeline.
Developers should consider whether their applications or devices require nationwide or even global connectivity, and also whether security and reliability is important.
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