Imagine that your machines and devices communicate with one another wirelessly: Containers constantly report their position to you, so that you are not surprised by delays. You can see how many people are currently in each of your branches at a glance. Machines warn you before they need to be repaired and operation has to be shut down. Networked sensors allow you to monitor and improve your company’s processes efficiently and in real time. That is the Internet of Things – and it’s all made possible by the mobile network of Deutsche Telekom.

Previously unimagined possibilities for companies

The possibilities for new business models and the increase in productivity and efficiency are unprecedented. Here are just a few practical examples from the field.

Why choose the Deutsche Telekom mobile network?

As varied as IoT applications are, they have one thing in common: Nearly all of them are wireless. But what is the most effective way to connect such a large number of devices? The best option is through a mobile network – Deutsche Telekom’s area of expertise. It is available virtually all over the world, with completely uniform standards wherever you are. Therefore, your IoT devices can move freely and have maximum mobility.

For your IoT project, Telekom's mobile network offers excellent network coverage and maximum reliability. It was awarded the title "best network" by the trade magazine Connect! for the ninth time in a row. Should the DT network in Germany not be sufficient, your IoT devices can also access the networks of other providers with the Best Coverage option. We also have several roaming partners in most countries worldwide. This way we always ensure the best connection for your IoT project – worldwide.

The mobile network of Telekom offers you these tangible benefits:

Get your project started quickly without the costly installation of senders or cable connections

Telekom’s mobile network allows you to get your project started quickly without the costly installation of senders or cable connections.

Seamless interplay of hardware, connectivity and platform

Deutsche Telekom offers certified hardware, connectivity and a platform from a single source, so that the seamless interplay of all parts is ensured.

High security standards for protection from hacker attacks and to relieve your IT department of security tasks

Deutsche Telekom is internationally recognized as the leading provider of cyber security solutions. Our high security standards protect your networks, cloud and IoT from hacker attacks and relieve your IT department of security tasks.

Four elements of successful IoT networking

Networking is a critical part of every IoT project. Our experience from numerous projects shows that four aspects are decisive here:

1. Certified hardware for seamless interplay

Certified hardware for seamless interplay

To enable machines to access the mobile network, they need an IoT module. This is a chip with a sender and a receiver, like the one that can be found in every smartphone. Just like a smartphone, this IoT module needs a SIM card to log in to the network – either in the form of a classic card or as an eSIM or nuSIM integrated in the module. With Deutsche Telekom, you will receive the hardware and the mobile network from a single source. To enable all parts of your project to work together smoothly, we offer a portfolio of certified devices including IoT modules, gateways and routers. In doing so, we ensure that no lengthy adjustments are necessary and that your project can get up and running quickly.

2. A mobile network optimized for the objectives of your project

Mobile networks all over the world are currently undergoing a transformation: Old networks such as 3G are being switched off, while new ones such as 5G or NB-IoT are being rolled out. During this time of change, consultation is decisive – especially for customers with international requirements. And you can always count on the experience of our consultants when it comes to choosing the right network technology for you. We will help you decide which mobile network is best suited to your IoT project: 2G, 4G, 5G, LTE-M or NarrowBand IoT? In some cases, these technologies differ greatly in terms of data rate, delay, coverage in buildings and battery life. The main question is which of these four properties is decisive for the success of your project.

The right network for every application

3. A tariff that fits your individual needs

If you know which mobile network is best suited for your needs, we offer you the right tariff as well. Of course, as with a smartphone contract, the data volume plays an important role here. Because companies have far more specific requirements than smartphone users, however, we have put together a portfolio ranging from standard tariffs with preconfigured SIM cards, to enable you to get started quickly, all the way up to individual offers that allow you to determine the duration, billing mode and country coverage yourself. We also offer pooling as an option: Instead of defining a data volume per SIM card, we can agree on a common quota for all active cards. This makes administration particularly easy for you. This way , we can find the perfect tariff for all of your IoT ideas.

Business Smart Connect

Prepaid-like tariff in the sizes S, M and L with ready-made SIM cards, which you can order online.

For which project?

Quick to implement, simple IoT projects with little need for consulting
 

Available networks

2G, LTE, LTE-M, NB-IoT
 

Business Comfort Connect

We compose an individual tariff within a few days from modules such as country coverage or duration, including attractive pooling conditions.

For which project?

Projects that require individualization, but need to start quickly
 

Available networks

2G, LTE, LTE-M, NB-IoT, 5G
 

Business Choice Connect

Our IoT experts provide you with comprehensive advice and develop your own personal offering together with you, including the possible use of attractive pooling rates.

For which project?

Complex, global projects with high development and consulting requirements

Available networks

2G, LTE, LTE-M, NB-IoT, 5G
 

Business Smart Connect

Prepaid-like tariff in the sizes S, M and L with ready-made SIM cards, which you can order online.

For which project?

Quick to implement, simple IoT projects with little need for consulting
 

Available networks

2G, LTE, LTE-M, NB-IoT
 

Business Comfort Connect

We compose an individual tariff within a few days from modules such as country coverage or duration, including attractive pooling conditions.

For which project?

Projects that require individualization, but need to start quickly
 

Available networks

2G, LTE, LTE-M, NB-IoT, 5G
 

Business Choice Connect

Our IoT experts provide you with comprehensive advice and develop your own personal offering together with you, including the possible use of attractive pooling rates.

For which project?

Complex, global projects with high development and consulting requirements

Available networks

2G, LTE, LTE-M, NB-IoT, 5G
 



Business
Smart
Connect

Prepaid-like tariff in the sizes S, M and L with ready-made SIM cards, which you can order online.

For which project?

Quick to implement, simple IoT projects with little need for consulting
 

Available networks

2G, LTE, LTE-M, NB-IoT
 

Business Comfort Connect

We compose an individual tariff within a few days from modules such as country coverage or duration, including attractive pooling conditions.

For which project?

Projects that require individualization, but need to start quickly
 

Available networks

2G, LTE, LTE-M, NB-IoT, 5G
 

Business Choice Connect

Our IoT experts provide you with comprehensive advice and develop your own personal offering together with you, including the possible use of attractive pooling rates.

For which project?

Complex, global projects with high development and consulting requirements

Available networks

2G, LTE, LTE-M, NB-IoT, 5G
 

4. Efficient management of your connections

IoT projects can consist of hundreds or even thousands of devices that are networked together by mobile telephony – each equipped with a SIM card and a suitable tariff. Such a large number of connections requires special management. With our IoT Customer Portal (M2M Service Portal 3.0) you can therefore easily manage SIM cards, contracts, invoices and usage data for large numbers of connections via a web portal or integrate them directly into your business processes via an API programming interface. SIM cards can be rebooked or deactivated in no time at all and tariffs can be adapted to new requirements. The portal monitors the connection status, usage and costs of your SIM cards with smart functions, which prevent overruns and detect misuse of your devices. And with flexible reports and evaluations, you always have full control over your costs – to exploit the potential of your IoT projects even more.

Efficient management of your connections with the IoT costumer portal

Our SIM card portfolio – top flexibility for your project

SIM card portfolio

IoT devices have different requirements than cell phones. Our portfolio of SIM cards optimised for the Internet of Things offers maximum coverage, performance and the ultimate flexibility.

  • Classic plug-in SIM card in various sizes
  • Industry SIM or high-end SIM for extreme environments
  • Embedded SIM (eSIM) for industrial demands

Would you like to check if NB-IoT or LTE-M is also available at your location?

Further information on our numerous roaming partners and the country-specific frequencies can be found here.
 

Check global coverage

LTE-M and NB-IoT: Global coverage
  • We work with many partners worldwide in Mobile IoT – 
    and our network keeps growing!
  • Check the availability of NB-IoT and LTE-M as well as the classic networks of our more than 600 roaming partners around the world in an interactive map

Check availability in Germany

  • Overview of the status of the NB-IoT and LTE-M networks in Germany
  • Detailed availability check of NB-IoT / LTE-M at your specific location
LTE-M and NB-IoT: Availability in Germany
LTE-M and NB-IoT: Availability in Germany
  • Overview of the status of the NB-IoT and LTE-M networks in Germany
  • Detailed availability check of NB-IoT / LTE-M at your specific location

We support you – wherever you are

Even though mobile networks are a simple way to connect to the Internet of Things, there are lots of detailed questions to be considered so that all components can work together smoothly. In this conjunction, we at Deutsche Telekom are especially proud of the experience of our IoT experts. They will support you during every phase of your project. Irrespective of whether you are working on a business plan for an IoT project, need support when a project encounters difficulties or wish to optimize a project that is already up and running, the experience of our consultants will help you with all important decisions.
For making your IoT ideas a reality quickly!

We support you – wherever you are
We support you – wherever you are
Direct entry into the IoT with Business Smart Connect

Business Smart Connect: Your direct entry into the Internet of Things

Order today, get connected just days later: Simply book our IoT tariff for beginners from just 1 euro online – with SIM cards ready to use and access to our service portal with no hidden fees.

  • Direct access from 1 euro
  • Easy ordering in the online shop
  • Prepaid-like tariff with one-time fixed price
  • Always on the best network

Frequently asked questions

How does an IoT network function?

An IoT network uses a wireless connection and the internet to connect different physical “things”, such as GPS trackers in vehicles or sensors in machines, to a cloud platform.

These platforms are located at a cloud provider, such as Deutsche Telekom, or at a local data centre and contain data storage, control applications and potentially applications for machine learning and data analytics. “If x, then y” business logic is also defined in these platforms with the goal of triggering downstream actions. Here is an example of such a rule for a connected building: “If the CO2 content increases, start the ventilation.”

Mobile networks are ideal for connecting IoT devices with this platform as the technology is available around the world and does not require the installation of cables or transmitters. At the same time, they ensure that IoT devices can be moved freely without any network interruptions. Like in smartphones, the devices use SIM cards to connect to a mobile network. As IoT devices have different requirements to smartphones when it comes to data volume, we offer special IoT tariffs. These can be used for mobile networks developed specifically for IoT, such as LTE-M (Long Term Evolution for Machines) and NB IoT (NarrowBand IoT), and provide additional functions that are decisive when using the Internet of Things.

For example, managing the large number of SIM cards required for using IoT networks is a challenge for companies. We therefore provide access to a user-friendly IoT customer portal with our IoT tariffs, where you can easily monitor and manage the connection status, usage and costs of your IoT SIM cards. The security of IoT networks also plays an important role for companies, which is why we provide you with cutting-edge encryption concepts to secure the data connections of your sensitive IoT projects.

How can I create an IoT solution with a Telekom mobile network?

An IoT network requires multiple components:

  • Connectivity: Deutsche Telekom offers mobile networks based on 2G, 4G, 5G, LTE-M and NarrowBand IoT to connect your IoT devices. Therefore, you can connect your devices with SIM cards wherever you are in the world, without the need to install transmitters or lay cables. Mobile networks also provide a level of mobility that technologies such as WLAN or Bluetooth simply do not offer.
  • Hardware: Additional hardware may be required to connect your devices: whether you need a wireless module, a router or a gateway, Deutsche Telekom offers certified hardware that works perfectly with our mobile network solutions.
  • IoT platform: You need a cloud platform to analyse data, define a business logic and connect further software solutions via programming interfaces. With the Cloud of Things, Deutsche Telekom has an intuitive solution that you can test for 60 days, free of charge.

Deutsche Telekom provides all components for an IoT network – perfectly attuned to each other and from a single source, thereby ensuring seamless functionality.

How does an IoT SIM card differ from a normal SIM card for smartphones?

IoT SIM cards are the key component of every connection to a mobile network. Just like the SIM cards in our smartphones, they provide an encrypted connection to a mobile network.

They generally access specific mobile networks that are suitable for the respective use case. Alongside 2G, 4G and 5G, these also include special networks for IoT devices, such as LTE-M and NarrowBand IoT.

IoT SIM cards do not necessarily differ in appearance from SIM cards for smartphones: they are often plastic cards with a chip printed on them and are available in different formats, including Mini SIM, Micro SIM and Nano SIM. As IoT devices have to work in various environmental conditions and often need to work for many years, we also offer these plug-in SIM cards in particularly robust industry or high-end variants. These cards can withstand extreme temperature differences and have a lifespan two to three times that of conventional SIM cards.

n addition to these plug-in SIM cards, we also offer eSIM cards for IoT applications, which solely consist of a chip that can be soldered directly in the IoT device. This makes them more resistant to extreme environmental conditions, provides greater security against the SIM card losing contact with the module and offers additional protection against theft and misuse. We have also collaborated with renowned partners to develop the nuSIM, a card which does not possess its own hardware, but is integrated directly into the modem chip.

What are the costs for an IoT SIM card?

The requirements for mobile networks in the IoT sector are significantly more complex than for consumer use. Therefore, we have created a tariff portfolio comprising both standard tariffs with preconfigured SIM cards and individual offers that require very specific solutions and high levels of service and consultation.

You can order our Business Smart Connect prepaid tariff from our online shop and quickly start using the Internet of Things. The base variant “Business Smart Connect LPWA S” costs €7.95 for a SIM card with 6 MB of data and a 60-month period of use.

For more complex projects that require a greater degree of flexibility, more costs can be incurred for hardware, additional services and custom solutions alongside the SIM cards. Our Business Comfort Connect and Business Choice Connect tariffs are available for these purposes. We will gladly provide you with a quotation following a free consultation.

What is a nuSIM?

nuSIM is a SIM card developed by Deutsche Telekom and renowned partners that is optimised specifically for IoT applications. IoT projects such as smart electricity, water and gas meters, intelligent street lights, smart parking or sensors for environmental data require particularly small, robust and energy-saving end devices that must also be affordable.

All SIM functions that are not needed for IoT communication, such as voice transmission, were therefore explicitly omitted from the nuSIM. It is integrated directly in the modem chip as an iSIM (integrated SIM), which means there is no longer any need for separate hardware that takes up space in the device and requires its own logistics processes. The nuSIM is preconfigured and shipped with the device.

What is the difference between nuSIM and eSIM?

The biggest difference is that the nuSIM is integrated completely into the IoT device without any separate hardware being required, while an eSIM comprises a chip (MFF) which must be added as a separate component. As such, the eSIM uses more electricity than the nuSIM, generates higher costs and requires its own logistics processes for procurement, installation and use.

There are also differences when it comes to the functions: the eSIM comprises all typical SIM card features, including those that are not absolutely necessary for IoT applications. In addition, their profiles can be replaced wirelessly, which enables users to switch mobile network providers, for example.

nuSIMs are integrated directly into the modem chip during the manufacturing of the IoT device and are preconfigured upon delivery. All functions that are not needed for IoT applications are omitted in order to reduce costs and save energy.

The first nuSIM chips and modules are planned to launch in Q3 2021 and can be booked then.

What Telekom mobile networks are available for IoT connections?

We offer 2G, 4G/LTE and 5G networks as standard, as well as LTE-M and NarrowBand IoT low-power wide-area networks (LPWA) as mobile networks developed specifically for the Internet of Things.

Which mobile network is the right one for my IoT project?

The various mobile networks (2G, 4G/LTE, 5G, LTE-M and NarrowBand IoT) vary greatly when it comes to data rates, latency, building penetration and battery life. The main question is which of these four properties is the most important factor for the success of your project.

In principle, the following applies: wireless technologies with high frequencies, such as 5G and 4G/LTE, enable high bandwidths and low latencies, but have very high energy consumption, low range and poor building penetration. Contrastingly, low-frequency technologies such as NarrowBand IoT and LTE-M have low energy consumption, a large range and good building penetration, but can only transfer small amounts of data. Which technology is right for you depends on your IoT product. We will gladly advise you here. Answering the following questions will provide an initial indication of what you need:

  • What bandwidth do I need? 5G can be used for applications with very high data rates, such as video transmissions or augmented reality applications. A sensor that measures the water level in a tank only needs a data rate of a few Kbit, for which NarrowBand IoT is sufficient.
  • How high can the latency be? Autonomous vehicles or remote-controlled drones, for example, need very quick reaction times that can only be provided by a 5G network, while even minute-long delays are not an issue for sensors that measure humidity.
  • How long does the battery life need to be? In certain applications, such as connected street lights or environmental sensors, IoT devices may need to function for years on a single charge. NarrowBand IoT is the perfect solution here, as it can contribute to avoiding regular and costly battery replacements.
  • How well must the signal penetrate buildings? IoT devices, such as smart meters, are often installed in cellars or shafts. High-frequency mobile networks like 5G are unsuitable here, with NarrowBand IoT being the better option.

Our IoT team will gladly advise you to find the right network for your application.

How can I secure my IoT network?

IoT networks are often part of critical processes in companies, or are deployed in products for end customers. If they fail, or if an attacker manages to penetrate them, the damage caused can be significant. When using mobile network transmission, you can secure your data connections using an IPsec tunnel via the internet, enabling you to securely transfer data to your IT systems.

To protect your networks, cloud solutions and IoT devices against hacker attacks and reduce the security workload in your IT department, Deutsche Telekom adheres to the most stringent security standards. Throughout the Group, we regularly conduct privacy and security assessments to ensure that data security and protection are integrated in our system and product development. As a result, we have gained international recognition as a leading provider of cyber security.

In addition, our Business Comfort Connect and Business Choice Connect tariffs provide access to our IoT platform via a leased line without internet connection for particularly high demands with regard to data security. We also provide fraud detection as a service as part of our security solutions. Here, we actively monitor the usage data of your IoT devices and warn you in the event of any irregularities, for example if a SIM card is being used in a country it should not be located in.

How do I manage my IoT devices, SIM cards and connections?

IoT projects can comprise hundreds or even thousands of devices connected via mobile networks. The sheer number of connections can make it challenging to keep an overview of the use and billing of the SIM cards, which is why we provide access to our IoT customer portal (M2M Service Portal 3.0). Here, you can manage SIM cards, contracts, invoices, reports and usage data via an online portal or simply integrate them into your business processes via an API. Read more about our IoT customer portal here.

Where can I find support when setting up my IoT project?

A good starting point is Sensor Connect. The plug & play kit for IoT applications asks about your requirements and compiles the components your IoT network requires online, thereby enabling our IoT experts to make you a concrete offer.

Our IoT Solution Optimizer helps you optimise an IoT project. Step by step, it guides you through an individual performance analysis and identifies potential areas for optimisation. This saves time and money because costly and time-consuming tests are no longer required.

We will gladly advise you and select the right components from the many possible combinations available at Deutsche Telekom. Furthermore, we do not simply support you during the technical implementation – we also help you develop a suitable business plan. To this end, we offer digital strategy workshops and accompany you in performing the proof of concept for your digital strategy. Please do not hesitate to call us!

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