T-Mobile Completes Narrowband IoT Field Tests on a Live Commercial Network

T-Mobile has successfully completed Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) field tests on a live commercial network. Working together with Qualcomm and Ericsson, T-Mobile conducted the tests across its live commercial LTE network in Las Vegas, USA. Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is an evolution of LTE technology built on industry standards and uses very small amounts of dedicated spectrum to carry data with incredible efficiency and performance.

T-Mobile is the first operator who has provided this global technology platform to prepare for the massive projected growth in the world of IoT - which is expected to surge from 8.3 billion connected devices this year to 20.4 billion by 2020 worldwide, according to technology research firm Gartner. With its ability to scale and support a direct pathway to 5G, Narrowband IoT is already seeing rapid adoption across the globe, even ahead of other technologies.

The field tests were conducted in partnership with Qualcomm and Ericsson across multiple sites on T-Mobile’s live commercial LTE network in Las Vegas and used just 200 KHz of T-Mobile’s AWS (Advanced Wirless Services) spectrum.

Connecting the IoT - and virtually everything - requires wireless technologies that can scale up to high-performance IoT and also scale down to low complexity IoT application needs. New LTE narrowband technologies support lower power consumption, improved coverage, and increased device density. With these groundbreaking field tests, which utilized the global multimode LTE IoT modems, Qualcomm Technologies and T-Mobile have demonstrated the ability to deploy a next-gen network that’s going to bring LTE IoT technologies to life for businesses and consumers across the U.S.

T-Mobile and the City of Las Vegas also announced a new partnership to deploy IoT technology throughout the city - including Narrowband IoT. Together, T-Mobile and Las Vegas are piloting several IoT projects starting in the City’s Innovation District, an area just off the Las Vegas strip that is dedicated to developing emerging technologies. A few of the IoT projects include:

  • Flood Abatement: Flood and storm drainage sensors will provide early warning and fault detection for Las Vegas residents.
  • Smart City Lighting: T-Mobile will power the City’s LED lighting within a single compact device.
  • Environmental Monitoring: Sensors placed atop existing smart city light poles will continuously monitor temperature, humidity and environmental gases.

T-Mobile customers won’t have to wait for Narrowband IoT to power their connected devices. The company is helping IoT customers quickly bring devices to market through all-in-one, low-cost IoT Access packs on certified Cat-1 modules. While the Duopoly predictably overcomplicate the Internet of Things with separate, confusing pricing for connectivity and IoT products, T-Mobile customers get simple, cost-effective solutions ready to go, so they can focus on product development instead of worrying about complex carrier pricing models or data overages.