Narrow Band – Internet of Things (NB-IoT)

Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is a standards-based low power wide area (LPWA) 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 of 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, 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, confidentiality, data integrity, and mobile equipment identification. The first NB-IoT commercial launches have been completed and global roll out is expected for 2017/18.

 

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 2017/18. 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 commercial launches of NB-IoT solutions
  • Lead industry partners and the ecosystem to build a strong end-to-end industry chain for future growth and development of NB-IoT
  • 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 deploying 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 help create a vibrant ecosystem and keep up to date with the latest information and events.

If you would like to join the GSMA NB-IoT Forum please contact iot@gsma.com

 

Current Forum Members

  • AIS
  • Avea Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S.
  • Bell Mobility
  • Blackberry
  • BT
  • 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 Uplus
  • MediaTek Inc.
  • MegaFon
  • Mobileum
  • MTS
  • Nokia
  • NOS
  • NTT Docomo
  • Oberthur Technologies
  • Oi
  • Ooredoo
  • Oracle America, Inc.
  • Qualcomm
  • Quectel
  • Radiomóvil Dipsa, S.A. de C.V.
  • Safaricom
  • Samsung
  • Sequans Communications
  • Sierra Wireless
  • SingTel
  • SK Telecom
  • Spirent Communications
  • Starhome Mach
  • Syniverse Technologies
  • TDC A/S
  • Tele2 Eesti Aktsiaselts
  • Telecom Italia S.p.A.
  • Telecom Personal S.A.
  • Teleena Holding B.V.
  • Telefónica
  • Telekom Austria AG
  • Telia Finland Oyj
  • Telit Communications S.p.A.
  • Telstra
  • True Move H Universal Communication
  • Turkcell
  • Turk Telecom
  • Two Degrees Mobile Ltd.
  • u-blox
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Vodafone
  • ZTE Corporation

 

To help build a vibrant ecosystem around licensed spectrum LPWA technologies, the GSMA has created the Mobile IoT Innovators community consisting of developers, device makers, network vendors, operators and end customers. Sharing interviews with industry experts, case studies, use cases and other valuable information, this community helps stimulate insights and innovation. To receive monthly briefings and enjoy other exclusive benefits, join the Mobile IoT Innovators now.

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