Vodafone to launch NB-IoT networks in 2017

Vodafone has announced that the world’s first live commercial NB-IoT (LTE Cat-NB) networks will be launched in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Spain Q1 2017. NB-IoT is the recent 3GPP standard for a Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) network layer designed to enable millions of everyday objects to be connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) at lower data rates.

For Vodafone, the NB-IoT rollout will involve a simple software upgrade to its existing 4G base stations. This means that the rollout will deliver nationwide coverage almost immediately. The initial deployments in aforementioned geographies will be followed by rollouts in other markets over the rest of 2017, with full NB-IoT coverage in Vodafone’s global networks by 2020.

“The questions of battery life and deep in-building penetration have now been answered by NB-IoT,” said Ivo Rook, Director of Internet of Things at Vodafone. “The low cost of the modules means we can expect a new wave of connected devices and soaring market demand.”

For more information, visit http://www.vodafone.com/content/index/what/technology-blog/enabling-iot.html.