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Connected things are the basis of an intelligent world. The basis for this Internet of Things? The right network. LPWA (Low-Power Wide-Area) networks are the right choice for many IoT applications, especially when energy consumption, building penetration, battery life and, above all, costs play an important role. Basically, two standardized mobile radio technologies are available for such IoT applications: NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE for Machine Type Communication (LTE-M).

Many IoT applications only send small amounts of data occasionally, making the networking standard NB-IoT ideal for them. Simple wireless modules providing stripped-down and focused functionality makes NB-IoT affordable and energy efficient. This, in turn, will enable IoT applications in many areas where networking was previously too expensive and difficult.

LTE-M scores exactly where slightly higher data throughput and lower latency are required, with at the same time good building penetration and low energy consumption as with NB-IoT. LTE-M is even more suitable for mobile applications because, as with LTE, the so-called "handover" between cells is supported.

Your benefits with NB-IoT and LTE-M in overview

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Low energy consumption
NB-IoT and LTE-M chips concentrate on wireless functionality for specific applications and have energy-saving capabilities like standby mode, long-periodic tracking area updates and extended discontinuous reception, which ensure optimal energy efficiency.

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Extensive range
NB-IoT provides a link budget of +20 dB (NB-IoT) and +15 dB (LTE-M) over the GSM wireless standard. Narrow-band modulation allows repeat broadcasting depending on the reception situation, ensuring better signal penetration deep inside buildings.

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Low cost
Both LTE-M and NB-IoT score with low module costs as well as low opertation and service prices. This is ensured by the simple chipset design, in which unnecessary LTE functions have been dispensed, as well as increasing production volumes.

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LTE basis
NB-IoT and LTE-M are based on LTE and can be integrated in preexisting LTE infrastructure with a software upgrade. Since NB-IoT and LTE-M can operate within both GSM and LTE spectrum, no new spectrum licensing is required.

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Simple installation
Unlike sensors that can’t communicate over long distances, NB-IoT and LTE-M work on a plug-and-play basis. This means sensors are connected directly to the NB-IoT and/ or LTE-M networks, making the installation of local networks and gateways unnecessary.

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Extremely secure
NB-IoT and LTE-M are globally standardized technologies using LTE security measures approved by 3GPP. Bothe NB-IoT and LTE-M benefit from a large pool of international experts, who are constantly monitoring and improving its security functionality.

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The right network for every application
Mobile communications: Use Cases & Features

NB-IoT applications

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

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

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