The new Narrowband IoT 3GPP standard brings cellular-based LPWA one step closer
At a plenary meeting held in Phoenix, Arizona, during the week of September the 14th, the 3GPP mobile network standards body decided to initiate a new radio technology standard specifically to address the requirements of IoT. Named as Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), the technical details of the new standard are still uncompleted, but it is likely to be a combination of proposals that were led by Ericsson and Huawei, respectively. The next steps involve finalizing the specification and including it in the 3GPP Release 13, which is scheduled to be frozen in March 2016. At this point, the new standard will theoretically be available for all MNOs worldwide to roll out within their networks.
In this Research Note, Machina Research discusses what the recent decision means to the fast-evolving LPWA landscape and related supplier strategies.
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