Dutch mobile operator, T-Mobile Netherlands plans to launch Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in major cities of the country including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Eindhoven. The technology, which utilizes the existing Long Term Evolution (LTE) network has been gaining traction in Europe. Following the launch in major cities, the network would later be rolled out across the country.
Dutch mobile operator T-Mobile Netherlands confirmed its narrowband “internet of things” network will be commercially available in major cities across the country starting next week.
“T-Mobile has chosen very deliberately NB-IoT because this technique uses our own licensed spectrum,” said Richard Marijs, technology strategist at T-Mobile Netherlands. “NB-IoT can relatively easily be activated on our existing network, by making use of the 900 MHz band which is also used for 4G. So we can activate nationwide NB-IoT in a short time.”
NB-IoT is emerging as a key technology for machine-to-machine communication for IoT. The technology runs on existing LTE networks in licensed spectrum to support IoT devices: