Narrow Band – Internet of Things (NB-IoT)

Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is a standards-based Low Power Wide Area technology developed to enable a wide range of new IoT devices and services. NB-IoT significantly improves the power consumption of user devices, system capacity and spectrum efficiency, especially in deep coverage. Battery life of more than 10 years can be supported for a wide range use cases.

New physical layer signals and channels are designed to meet the demanding requirement of extended coverage – rural and deep indoors – and ultra-low device complexity. Initial cost of the NB-IoT modules is expected to be comparable to GSM/GPRS. The underlying technology is however much simpler than today’s GSM/GPRS and its cost is expected to decrease rapidly as demand increases.

Supported by all major mobile equipment, chip set and module manufacturers, NB-IoT can co-exist with 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile networks. It also benefits from all the security and privacy mobile network features, such as support for user identity confidentiality, entity authentication, confidentiality, data integrity, and mobile equipment identification. First NB-IOT network trials are already in place, with pre-commercial launches planned later in 2016 and commercial launches scheduled to take place globally in early 2017.

What is the GSMA NB-IoT Forum?

The GSMA NB-IoT Forum aims to provide all industry and wider ecosystem stakeholders with market representation to accelerate the wide-spread adoption of 3GPP-based NB-IoT technology. NB-IoT is addressing the low-power wide-area IoT market opportunity using licensed spectrum with the intent to launch commercial solutions in 2016/2017. The Forum Chair is Luke Ibbetson, Vodafone Group and Vice- Chair is Madame Huang Yuhong, China Mobile.

What are the objectives of the Forum?

  • Facilitate demonstrations and proof of concept trials which strengthen the NB-IoT solution to meet LPWA requirements
  • Lead industry partners and the ecosystem to build a strong end to end industry chain for NB-IoT future growth and development
  • Drive and proliferate NB-IoT applications in vertical markets for new business opportunities
  • Promote collaboration between all NB-IoT industry partners to ensure interoperability of solutions

How to join the GSMA NB-IoT Forum

The GSMA NB-IoT Forum is open to GSMA Members and Associate Members however all members must positively contribute to the Forum’s high-level objectives, including promoting and trialling NB-IoT technology and encouraging new service and application development. Non GSMA Members are welcome to join the Mobile IoT Innovators, at the bottom of this page, to keep up to date with the latest information and events

If you would like to join the GSMA NB-IoT Forum please contact

Current Forum Members

  • AIS Thailand
  • Bell Mobility
  • Blackberry
  • China Mobile
  • China Telecom
  • China Unicom
  • Cisco
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Du
  • Etisalat
  • Ericsson
  • Gemalto
  • Giesecke & Devrient
  • Globetouch
  • Huawei
  • Intel Corporation
  • KDDI Corporation
  • KT Corporation
  • LG Electronics
  • LG U+
  • MediaTek Inc.
  • Megafon
  • Mobileum
  • MTS
  • Nokia
  • NOS
  • NTT Docomo
  • Oberthur Technologies
  • Oi
  • Ooredoo
  • Qualcomm
  • Quectel
  • Safaricom
  • Samsung
  • Sequans Communications
  • Sierra Wireless
  • SingTel
  • SK Telecom
  • Starhome Mach
  • Summit Tech Multimedia Communications
  • Syniverse Technologies
  • TDC A/S
  • Tele2 Group
  • Tele2 Russia
  • Telekom Austria Group
  • Telecom Italia
  • Telecom Personal S.A.
  • Telefónica
  • Telia Company
  • Telit
  • Telstra
  • T-Mobile
  • True Move H Universal Communication
  • Turk Telecom
  • Two Degrees Mobile
  • u-blox
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Vodafone
  • ZTE Corporation

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