The mobile communications firm, T-Mobile, has become the first company in the US to launch its Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) service nationwide.
The Germany-based company has also confirmed its new partner programme, T-Mobile CONNECT, to allow IoT solution providers to work together in order to launch their products and services to the market more efficiently.
“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.”
NB-IoT is a low power, wide area network LTE-Advanced technology that provides a pathway to 5G IoT.
Built on the 3GPP standard, the service offers many comparable benefits like low power usage, long battery life and low device cost.
T-Mobile utilises important spectrum resources efficiently by lighting up NB-IoT in the guard bands which means IoT applications don’t have to compete with other data traffic for network resources.
The service is primarily used for smart applications that can track high value assets, optimize utilization of equipment in the field and help ensure safety and compliance in fleet management, waste management, energy utility monitoring and many other industrial sectors.
T-Mobile was also the first to trial NB-IoT in the U.S. last year.