3GPP said that it has completed the standardisation of narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT), a cellular technology for low power, wide area (LPWA) networking. It is one of the three IoT technologies included in Release 13.
Using licensed spectrum, NB-IoT supports two-way communication with a large number of low throughput, low cost devices that consume very little power. “It took us only nine months to standardise the new technology after the study phase,” said Dino Flore, chairman of the 3GPP RAN group. “Once again 3GPP demonstrated the ability to quickly respond to the emerging market needs.”
Vodafone is one of the more vocal backers of NB-IoT.
The U.K.-based telco’s R&D chief R&D director Luke Ibbetson is chairman of the NB-IoT Forum, and the company has carried out pre-standard trials in Australia, Spain and Turkey.
Vodafone aims to begin rolling out NB-IoT in various markets during 2017.
NB-IoT is one of three LPWA technologies included within LTE-Release 13, also known as LTE-Advanced Pro. The other two are extended coverage GSM IoT (EC-GSM-IoT) for 2G networks, and LTE Cat-M1 for 4G networks.