Narrow Band – Internet of Things (NB-IoT)

Standardised by 3GPP, Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is a low power wide area (LPWA) technology that can enable a wide range of new IoT devices and services. NB-IoT minimises the power consumption of connected devices, while increasing system capacity and spectral efficiency, especially in locations that can’t easily be covered by conventional cellular technologies. In a wide range of use cases, NB-IoT connected devices can have a battery life of more than 10 years.

NB-IoT employs a new physical layer with signals and channels to meet the demanding requirements of extended coverage in rural areas and deep indoors, while enabling very low device complexity. The underlying technology is much simpler than that of GSM/GPRS modules, and the cost of NB-IoT modules is likely to decrease rapidly as demand increases.

Supported by all major mobile equipment, chipset and module manufacturers, NB-IoT can co-exist with 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile networks. It also benefits from all the security and privacy features of mobile networks, such as support for user identity confidentiality, entity authentication, data integrity, and mobile equipment identification.

Many different operators are rolling out NB-IoT services in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe, with commercial launches now underway. China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, KT, NOS, TDC, Telefónica, Telia and Vodafone are among the operators to be deploying NB-IoT, having piloted the technology across a wide range of use cases, such as smart metering, smart parking and smart agriculture, which all require large numbers of low cost and low maintenance connected devices.

The GSMA NB-IoT Forum
Working on behalf of the mobile industry and wider ecosystem stakeholders, the GSMA NB-IoT Forum aims to accelerate the widespread adoption of 3GPP-based NB-IoT technology. The Forum Chair is Luke Ibbetson, Vodafone Group, and the Vice-Chairs are Madame Huang Yuhong of China Mobile, Daniel Herb of T-Mobile US and Jens Olejak of Deutsche Telekom.

Discover more about how NB-IoT is being used for:

The GSMA 8th Mobile IoT Summit at MWC19 – Andrew Parker, GSMA

March 20, 2019

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At the 8th Mobile IoT Summit at #MWC19, Andrew Parker, IoT Programme Marketing Director at GSMA introduces how Mobile IoT technologies – LTE-M and NB-IoT – have been adopted by the industry-wide ecosystem players and changing the IoT landscape around …

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Connecting More and Securing All on Mobile IoT Networks – Gemalto

March 20, 2019

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Andreas Haegele, SVP IoT Products at Gemalto shares how Gemalto is enabling Mobile IoT smart devices with their Cinterion IoT module and advising customers to consider security from the very beginning of the IoT project deployment. View more videos made …

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Deploying Low-Cost, Low-Power IoT Sensors – BeWhere Inc.

March 20, 2019

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Brian Boychuk, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at BeWhere Inc. shares how BeWhere is deploying the low-cost, low-power IoT sensors on mobile network operator-managed LTE-M and NB-IoT networks around the world. View more videos made by GSMA IoT …

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How SIM-based Mobile IoT Solutions Are Enabling Better Security – G+D Mobile Security

March 20, 2019

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At the 8th Mobile IoT Summit at #MWC19, Sharath Muddaiah, Director of Strategic Solutions & Business Development at G+D Mobile Security shares how end-to-end SIM-based security solutions are enabled for enterprise and mobile network operators on the LTE-M and NB-IoT …

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Deploying Compact-Size IoT Ring on Mobile IoT Networks – Sierra Wireless & Nimb

March 20, 2019

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Nicolas Damour, Director of Technology Partnerships at Sierra Wireless shares how Sierra Wireless IoT modules are enabling compact-size IoT products globally on Mobile IoT networks; and Kathy Roma, Co-Founder at Nimb explains how Nimb has taken the full benefits of …

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NB-IoT Commercialisation Case Study: How China Mobile, China Telecom & China Unicom Enable Million More IoT Devices

February 20, 2019

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In China, the leading mobile operators are using Mobile IoT technologies to connect millions of devices, appliances and machines. This case study illustrates how China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom enable consumers and businesses to benefit from better services …

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Development Guide: NB-IoT for Industrial Applications

February 20, 2019

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The GSMA Internet of Things (IoT) programme helps mobile operators add value and accelerate the delivery of new connected devices and services in the IoT. The programme supports industry collaboration, appropriate regulation and the optimisation of networks, as well as …

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Mobile IoT Toolkit

February 7, 2019

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The Mobile IoT Toolkit is designed for mobile network operators and IoT developers to quickly get started with IoT solutions development and deployment. For further information or enquiries, please email GSMA Internet of Things Programme at iot@gsma.com.

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GSMA IoT On-Demand Webinar: Industry 4.0 – Optimising Industrial IoT with Mobile IoT

October 29, 2018

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A total of 70 Mobile IoT networks, including LTE-M (Long Term Evolution for Machines) and NB-IoT (NarrowBand IoT), have been launched, enabling a fraction of the 25.2 billion IoT connections by 2025 per forecast by GSMA Intelligence. Mobile IoT, the …

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Development Guide: NB-IoT for Agriculture

October 5, 2018

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The GSMA Internet of Things programme is an initiative to help mobile operators add value and accelerate the delivery of new connected devices and services in the IoT. This is to be achieved by industry collaboration, appropriate regulation, optimising networks …

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Case Study – Atlas Copco Harnessing Connectivity for Industrial IoT Atlas Copco, one of the world’s leading suppliers of industrial equipment, has been at the forefront of offering ground-breaking services for several years now with remotely ma...

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NB-IoT Commercialisation Case Study: How China Mobile, China Telecom & In China, the leading mobile operators are using Mobile IoT technologies to connect millions of devices, appliances and machines. This case study illustrates how China Mobile, Ch...

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Mobile IoT Case Study: How Asia Pacific Intelligently Connects to IoT This report shows how LTE-M and NB-IoT are being deployed in the Asia Pacific region. Drawing on interviews with mobile operators and their partners, the report describes six ver...

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Mobile IoT Journey Through MWC Barcelona 2019 This self-guided Mobile IoT Journey through MWC19 Barcelona gives attendees the opportunity to explore innovative demonstrations and to see key information at a glance. Discover ...

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Huawei: NB-IoT Ecosystem Partner list This document provides a list of Huawei’s NB-IoT partners, detailing the solutions offered by each organisation. The brochure also contains a list of regions and sectors ...

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Case Study: Ground-to-Air LTE Communication Services for Industrial Drone A With the increasing use of drones for industrial applications, China Unicom has launched an innovative business service project to enable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to fly a...

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The Internet of the Skies: Establishing Public Trust in the Future of Cellu The GSMA is supporting the Global Unmanned Traffic Management Association (GUTMA) on Connected Skies, a major conference on drones and UTM, which will bring together the aviation...

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Making Mobile IoT Easy MWC Barcelona 2019 showcases new tools to streamline the development of Mobile IoT applications Creating compelling Mobile IoT applications is becoming increasingly straightforwa...

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Operators Optimistic of Bright Future as New IoT Revenue Opportunities Come Among the many show-stealing IoT breakthroughs and showcases at the world’s leading tech event, there is a central question: how do mobile network operators increase revenue an...

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Mobile IoT Summit: Collaboration Deepens as Global Use Cases Multiply “How many people here refer to Mobile IoT in their day-to-day activity?”, asked one panellist of our 500-strong audience at yesterday’s 8th Mobile IoT Summit. “That’s a...

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ETSI Issues Cybersecurity Standard to Support the Internet of Things Internet standards organisation, ETSI has released a new standard for cybersecurity in the Internet of Things (IoT) that references the GSMA’s IoT Security Guidelines. With mo...

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NB-IoT Commercialisation Case Study: How China Mobile, China Telecom & In China, the leading mobile operators are using Mobile IoT technologies to connect millions of devices, appliances and machines. This case study illustrates how China Mobile, Ch...

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Connected Skies 2019 June 18, 2019 *The GSMA is offering an exclusive 50% discount to Connected Skies 2019. Book by 30 April to secure the early bird price of $150. Use the promotional code CONNSKIES19GSMA when pu...

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