What are the main characteristics of NB-IoT?

  • NB-IoT follows the requirements set in the 3GPP standard.

    The requirements set forth in the standard include:

    • Long battery life (according to 3GPP estimates up to 10 years with the equivalent of two AA batteries assuming infrequent data transfers)
    • Reuse of RAN assets (target is to upgrade elements of base station primaritly via SW update)
    • Deep indoor penetration (+20dB compared to GSM)
    • Low radio module unit costs (<5$ as industry goal)
    • High security (LTE-based)
    • Low data rates (600 bit/s up to 250 kbit/s
    • Licensed spectrum
    • Several power saving features

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