Konrad Mróz23.11.2017

T‑Mobile launches one of the first stations supporting NarrowBand IoT

The first base stations with NB IoT signal have been launched in Gorzów Wielkopolski. At this period the construction of further stations in other areas of Poland are in preparation, as well as the nationwide rollout of the NB IoT network, which will take place in 2018.

Up to now, the stations that were built in Gorzów Wielkopolski are accessible commercially and are currently undergoing internal testings to confirm the stability and quality of the new network before further investments will be made.

 

NB IoT – New services and new products

The NB IoT technology offers tremendous opportunities with regard to M2M communication. As private customers will have the opportunity to use this technology for smarthome solutions, the public administration will benefit most with a view to smartcity solutions such as smart car parkings, street lighting management, city cleaners (smart trash bins), and others.

Entrepreneurs may be interested in solutions such as:
• Smartmetering – the remote reading of water, energy or gas meters at private customers and vendors checkpoints
• Monitoring of machines and devices – the remote reporting of the functionality of devices
• Tracking of objects – cargo monitoring (temperature, humidity, location), luggage, vehicles
• Intelligent buildings – access control, alarm systems, monitoring

 

As the possibilities mentioned above do not yet exploit the full potential of the NB IoT technology, there is a huge dependence of the entrepreneurs imagination who set up suitable devices and applications to manage, analyze and present results.

  • “The decision to build the NB IoT network is a response to the emerging trend of connecting an increasing number of devices to networks. Nowadays there are several internet connected devices in every household. In 15 years there could be even up to 500 per household,"

    said Andreas Maierhofer, CEO of T‑Mobile Polska.

  • "We want to provide our customers the appropriate conditions to use such solutions without limiting existing resources nor services.”

What is NB IoT

NB-IoT is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) radio technology standard which enables devices and services to be connected, especially designed for the Internet of Things. NB-IoT's greatest advantages are bigger efficiency in terms of data transfer, high penetration inside of buildings, the ability to connect up to several thousand devices, a world-wide standard as well as a high level of security. In terms of the end-device, the key advantage is a high battery life, which allows the device to operate without charging and any access to electricity for up to 10 years.

  • Each network has its separate capacity, also related to the number of devices that might be connected to it. The Narrow Band network allows to multiply the number of connected devices while maintaining the highest quality of service and network security",

    said Thomas Lips, CTIO at T‑Mobile Polska.

  • “Important is that the Narrow Band network is equivalent to one of the three basic types of the 5G network layers and as such can be implemented to the 5G network in future.”

The launch of the first NB IoT stations is part of a wider strategy, since Deutsche Telekom Group announced at the beginning of the year that Poland will be one of the leading countries in implementing this technology.

 

hub:raum - an European hub for the development of services based on NB IoT

hub:raum belongs to Deutsche Telekom and is one of its innovation centers, which already in 2016 launched programs dedicated to popularizing NB IoT and gaining partners to work on solutions that will be based on this technology.

As a result of 2017 accomplished programs in Krakow and Berlin, hub:raum has invited 25 startups who have already worked on ideas or products which are based on NB IoT and at this time were in various stages of development. In collaboration with those startups hub:raum is refining those products and preparing them for sale in T‑Mobile’s europe-wide network. The most advanced projects include intelligent waste bins Ecobins, beehive monitoring by BeeAndMe and the reading of water and heat measurements which are prepared by ABRO.

 

NB IoT was tested in the first half of the year

So far, T‑Mobile has implemented two pilot programs in Łódź and Cracow which use NB IoT technology, based on frequencies of 900MHz. The target solution implemented in Gorzów Wielkopolski uses a 800 MHz band which is a 200kh-wide fragment of one of the separation bands between frequency blocks. The use of this band for NB IoT does neither affect speed of data transfer in the LTE800-network, nor its capacity.

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