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
T-Mobile looks at 5G as a whole, unlike other companies that are looking at only one aspect e.g. fixed wire access 5G will make mobile broadband smarter and faster so that smart phones will be able to do what they do now faster and better
Example of how IoT services will build on themselves: connected cars will create services to track potholes and weather data; IoT will have a huge impact on customer service activities and on how product warranties are executed
NB-IoT leverages everything that T-Mobile has done with LTE including rebuilding the backbone of network with it; NB-IoT reduces the cost of IoT hardware and power required
T-Mobile makes it easy for businesses to get on our network and leverage LTE. We’re partnering with Nest: video home security monitoring uses LTE backup technology.
IoT involves new legal and business models especially around collaboration between companies; IoT legal and business arrangements should start with clear understanding of the problems you are solving for.
T-Mobile’s IoT group helps its partners build tracking and reporting systems based on an understanding of metrics to measure successful outcomes; we encourage our partners to be open to finding that IoT’s impact on the business isn’t completely what you expected.
Working with T-Mobile will help you focus on problems and pain points you can solve for with IoT (instead of measuring progress by quantity of end points installed)
Partnerships are essential to IoT innovation; Bosch, Siemens and Honeywell have created collaboration forums to help them find partners to work with; T-Mobile’s IoT strategy is based on collaboration with leading tech companies.
IoT innovation is ultimately about allowing companies to spend more, better time with their customers; if building and running IoT solutions will require costly new skill sets or training employees, better to consume IoT as a service
IoT innovators are helping companies and their customers by connecting parts of the business like remote locations and providing analytics that turn IoT data into valuable insights
Successful IoT innovators get feedback from customers including on social media and adapt quickly; long planning cycles won’t work with IoT
Early IoT adopters are protecting their lead by: onboarding new partners to expand their distribution; using their first mover advantage to understand how IoT can solve customer needs; expanding their ecosystem across vertical markets.
IoT innovation within an industrial company requires a cross-departmental approach and a team that can drive the organizational change needed to accomplish IoT goals
IoT is a progressive force in business and society; it enables management of data across a vast array of smart end points; integrated solutions from T-Mobile free up management to run the business and individuals to achieve their goals.
T-Mobile can support IoT startups in whatever direction they decide to go; can onboard them onto its network quickly without locking then into an operating model or license restrictions
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
Successful IoT innovators generally scale up by using off the shelf components; trend is generally toward “buying” instead of “building” IoT infrastructure.
New industry is emerging: service providers that combine industry expertise with ability to help companies apply analytics to their IoT data
CFOs and CIO are playing a key role in IoT innovation by driving analysis of how IoT impacts business/revenue models, including use of Data Science as a Service
IoT first movers can advantage of disruption of market boundaries; for example, connected cars are causing convergence between parking and restaurant industries
NB-IoT is consumable as a highly scalable service—with measurably better performance and the largest ecosystem of investors in IoT R&D
T-Mobile will be around after the expected shakeout of IoT platforms; helps innovators find partners by plugging you into powerful ecosystem; wants to help you work backward from customer problems to IoT solutions
Big industrial companies are some of the most innovative early IoT adopters, using IoT for example to innovate in Supply Chain Management