According to Nokia, the company successfully carried out a demonstration of NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) technology on the commercial 4G network of Sonera. In the trial, the NB-IoT technology was used to communicate information on temperature, humidity and air pressure in the Finnish capital, Helsinki. Besides the transfer of information, Nokia also connected a roaming device over the network.
“This trial will lay the foundation for an IoT ecosystem in Finland, and allow Sonera to exploit the massive opportunities that it brings,’ said Adolfo Masini, head of IoT connectivity at Nokia.
The NB-IoT technology will allow the enterprises to track their assets on the field, Nokia said. To say, the healthcare providers can track the status of patients outside of a hospital.
The network used Nokia base station technology operating in the 800 Mhz frequency band. The trial saw speeds of up to 200 kbps.
CTO Jari Collin of Sonera, said, “In Finland, we have a long tradition of developing and applying new technologies. The trial shows how the use of today’s mobile technology will fuel the continued growth of the IoT ecosystem to transform every aspect of our customers’ business and personal lives.”
Designed exclusively for the connectivity of Internet of Things, NB-IoT is a 3GPP Rel. 13 radio access technology. The technology is capable of delivering an enhanced coverage of NB-IoT compared to conventional LTE. This will provide better interior coverage and hence, will benefit to track the objects inside buildings or rural areas. NB-IoT will co-exist with operators’ existing networks. All major network infrastructure, component and device manufacturers support the standard.
“Support for the programmable world, in which billions of people, devices and things are connected via high-capacity networks, is the cornerstone of Nokia’s strategy. Our strengths in networks, cloud, applications, analytics and security and our 5G leadership make Nokia the most qualified to deliver the full potential of IoT. Nokia is constantly developing innovative technologies that allow our customers to evolve their offerings,” said Adolfo Masini, head of IoT connectivity at Nokia.