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Overall, NarrowBand IoT provides a higher security than proprietary technologies, as its protection measures cover all aspects from the UICC in the device to the application servers. Being a global industry standard, NB-IoT (just like LTE) benefits from a large international ecosystem of vendors and other experts to constantly review and enhance security functions and algorithms as new threats arise. As part of its corporate identity, Deutsche Telekom seeks to protect its customers and its assets to the greatest extent possible.
Scalability is one of the notable features of cellular networks, in which mobile network operators (MNOs) can manage their own capacities
alongside existing LTE networks. In contrast, proprietary technologies like e.g. LoRa and Sigfox need dedicated gateways and networks,
operated by different companies across countries and urban regions.
Arguably, MNOs are better suited to operate reliable and secure networks and platforms for IoT applications fulfilling the need for data
security and high capacities. As an industry standard currently being rolled out all over the world including the US and the Chinese market,
where all three mobile operators are rapidly expanding their networks, NB-IoT benefits from decreasing module costs thanks to increasing
In general, other networks such as LoRa and Sigfox are also still in their build-up. NB-IoT has the advantage of being able to use existing LTE base stations, which will allow for sufficiently dense network with good indoor penetration, especially in urban regions.
Most importantly, they differ in standardization and the use of spectrum: NB-IoT is a 3GPP industry standard using existing assets of network operators like sites, base stations, antennas, backhaul and licensed spectrum. Licensed bands can handle a massive number of devices, stable and securely at high transmission capacities and with high reliability.
Sigfox and LoRa are proprietary technologies on unlicensed bands and therefore need dedicated network components. With an increasing number of connected devices, data transmission on unlicensed bands is likely to deteriorate (e.g. by interference) while benefits of using a standardized technology in licensed bands will become even more important.
Deutsche Telekom is confident that NB-IoT is a very high-quality product offering based on an 3GPP industry standard. While there will also be suitable usage scenarios for other LPWA technologies, we think that many IoT applications can be better implemented with NB-IoT (due to its superior performance) than with Sigfox or LoRa.
NB-IoT is an LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) radio technology, being low power (multiple years of battery-powered operation) and wide area (wide signal range and deep indoor penetration). Other characteristics are low data rates and low cost radio modules. LPWA includes NB-IoT, LTE-M, EC-GSM, UNB/Sigfox, LoRa and RPMA/Ingenu.
Our objective as Deutsche Telekom is to offer our customers in all industries M2M/IoT solutions that work worldwide, built on established international standards. They benefit from the typical characteristics of standardized technologies like NB-IOT: reliability, stability, scalability, economies of scale, security and international compatibility. Standards and the use of licensed spectrum will contribute substantially to the success of NB-IoT.
the library does support debug outputs. Could you please activate more debug outputs here libNbiotCore/include/nbiotdebug.h (Comment out #undef DEBUG and #undef DEBUG_ATCOMMANDS as well as #undef DEBUG_MODEM)
LTE-M is another LPWA technology based on LTE, suitable for applications requiring more bandwidth than NB-IoT i.e. consumer IoT use cases. For the moment most European operators set a higher priority to NB-IoT than to LTE-M. It is planned to launch LTE-M in the Germany in H1/2020.
Deutsche Telekom is working intensively alongside standardization bodies such as 3GPP and GSMA. 3GPP Rel 13 specifications have been finalized in June 2016, Rel. 14 in June 2017. The respective features will be subsequently implemented into devices and networks. For the next important steps and the roadmap, Deutsche Telekom is in intensive exchange with suppliers and customers.
We already run pilots with numerous customers, including both large industry players as well as smaller innovative startups. Examples are energy service provider Ista, indoor climate specialist Itho Daalderop, railway maintenance specialist Dual Inventive and sensor maker Smartsensors. Several other customers cannot yet be officially stated as reference. Moreover, we protoype and develop NB-IoT-based solutions with around 20 partners of the NB-IoT Prototyping Hub Program.
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