An IoT network connects a wide variety of physical ”things” such as GPS trackers in vehicles or sensors in machines to the internet via a wireless connection. This networking is used to collect and visualize data and make deductions from it.

There are many different wireless technologies to choose from for the transmission of IoT data. Which IoT network is the right one for your application depends on the data volume, transmission frequency, battery life of the sensors, location of data collection and data sensitivity.

We will guide you along the way to ensure that you consider all components from the outset and find the right IoT network for your application.

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Setting up an IoT network raises many questions. Which wireless technology is the right one? NB-IoT or LTE-M? How can uninterrupted data connections be ensured in Germany and worldwide? And how to keep mobile network costs under control with hundreds of IoT devices? Our experts will give you the answers.

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The right IoT network for every project

For the success of your IoT project, it is crucial that you choose an IoT network technology that is suitable for your use case. The following questions will help you do this: what amounts of data do your IoT devices need to send and how often, and what wireless technology is required? For sensors in a water tank that send tiny amounts of data at long intervals, the low-power NB-IoT wireless standard is the right choice. For virtual reality applications that need to send a lot of data with as little delay as possible, on the other hand, 5G is suitable. Our experts will support you in this decision. Our experts will support you in this decision. They consider all relevant criteria such as battery life and energy consumption, building penetration and installation costs – and thus find the optimum solution fo your personal IoT network.

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Little data, low frequency

If your battery-powered IoT devices are in use for long periods without a power source or in basements, NB-IoT is the right choice. This mobile radio standard can only transmit small amounts of data, but it offers very long battery runtimes, very good building penetration and cost-effective networking.

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Medium data volumes, low frequency

The LTE-M standard offers sufficient bandwidth for medium data volumes, cost-effective hardware, and sufficient battery life for long operations without a power supply. This makes it suitable, e.g., for e-health solutions in which vital signs are sent to the cloud, or for monitoring cold chains in logistics.

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4G & 5G:
Lots of data, high frequency

For IoT applications with high data requirements, such as VR glasses or video surveillance, you should opt for 4G technology. If you also need extremely fast response times, for example for self-driving vehicles or for the use of video drones, you should choose 5G technology.

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Our IoT networking knows no borders

With T IoT, your IoT network has global coverage. Not only do we have our own mobile networks in the U.S. and numerous European countries, but we also have roaming agreements with over 600 selected mobile providers around the world. This way, your device dials into the available network in every country.

And we are already working on the network of tomorrow. For example, satellite communication will offer an opportunity to expand our outstanding wireless technologies in the future and support certain IoT projects in remote areas.

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Our network quality has won many awards

Badge: Best network – Chip – 2024

Best 5G network – Chip – 2024

Badge: Connect Mobile Communications and 5G Network Test 2024

Badge: Test winner Connect mobile communications and 5G network test 2024

Badge: The best network for 2023 – Computer Bild

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We offer the highest security for your data

Sicherheit im IoT-Netzwerk

Mobile communication is an extremely secure way of networking for IoT projects because its security mechanisms cover all aspects – from the SIM card to the application servers. In addition, Deutsche Telekom stores all data on servers in highly secure data centers in Germany.

Learn more about the high security of mobile communication in our whitepaper “Comparison and analysis of the security aspects of LoRaWAN and NB-IoT”.

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Our tariff offers combine simplicity with flexibility

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Are you planning a quick-to-implement, simple IoT project with initial consulting needs?

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Manage your connections efficiently with our IoT customer portal

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Easily monitor and manage the connection status and usage of your IoT SIM cards online: Our intuitive web portal allows you to stay in control of the cost and performance of your networked IoT devices, even in complex IoT projects.

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We ensure optimum interaction through harmonized components

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SIM cards

With a selection of SIMs, from Plug-In SIMS to Embedded SIMs in the right quality, we offer you maximum flexibility for every application.

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Certified hardware

Our portfolio of certified equipment ensures that no lengthy customization is required, and your project gets off to a fast start.

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IoT Solution Optimizer

With our virtual twin modeling solution, you can test different options for implementing your IoT devices.

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Benefit from the experience of our IoT experts

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Highest expertise

At Deutsche Telekom, we can look back on years of experience in setting up and operating IoT networks, which gives us the greatest expertise in solving individual and complex IoT requirements.

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Our experts design your IoT network with you through deep integration into your processes, IT and organizational structures.

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Benefit from our award-winning network and international coverage.

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We are at your service!

Do you need more information about our offers or do you have specific questions? We will be happy to help you!

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Got curious? Get more info here

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Whitepaper: IoT Connectivity Guide

Would you like to know more about what you need to be aware of in connecting your products via the cell network? Which hurdles you need to clear in an international rollout? Or how best to manage your connections and their IoT components? You will all the answers in our free IoT Connectivity Guide whitepaper.

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Read our references as an e-book

The practical examples in our new e-book show how companies successfully use the Internet of Things for their benefit. Learn how companies across a wide range of industries are using IoT solutions to create value for their customers and future-proof their business models.

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