Deutsche Telekom deploys NarrowBand IoT across Europe and US

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Deutsche Telekom deploys NarrowBand IoT across Europe and US

Deutsche Telekom plans to roll out its low-power machine network in the US by mid-year and in many European markets by the end of 2018. The extensive availability of the sensor network paves the way for NarrowBand IoT solutions in many business areas, including transport & logistics, industrial automation, and the public sector. One of Deutsche Telekom’s key focus areas for NB-IoT deployment is the development and implementation of smart city solutions including smart lighting, smart public transport and smart waste management.

Deutsche Telekom’s aim is to deliver this exciting technology across Europe and the US as quickly as possible, both by making the NB-IoT sensor network available everywhere as well as actively driving the development of innovative NB-IoT solutions,

says Ingo Hofacker, responsible for the IoT business at Deutsche Telekom.

The extensive availability of NB-IoT network coverage in 2018 beyond the initial city-led pilots we have seen last year lays the ground for NB-IoT solutions to be deployed not only locally, but also nationally and across borders.

Deutsche Telekom already introduced its NB-IoT sensor network covering some 600 towns and cities across Germany since it was launched in June 2017, with more than 200 companies now trialing the technology via commercially available test packages. Nationwide rollout in the Netherlands was completed in May 2017 and the technology started in six further European markets by the end of 2017. In Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Greece, NB-IoT networks are live already across many cities with nationwide coverage expected in many countries by the end of 2018.

The company is also pushing it NarrowBand IoT ecosystem through various joint research and development ventures. The innovation program WARP NB-IoT, powered by the incubator hub:raum, was established as a follow-on after the successful conclusion of the NB-IoT Prototyping Hub last summer. Startups are offered access to cutting-edge technology and technical support in the WARP NB-IoT Prototyping Lab, helping them to accelerate product development, prototyping and market implementation.

The recent launch of the Telekom Open IoT Labs in conjunction with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics will allow Fraunhofer scientists and Deutsche Telekom IoT experts to collaborate on NB-IoT projects, including the development and testing of systems aimed at the manufacturing, logistics and aviation industries. The lab will also be open to external companies seeking to develop application-specific NB-IoT prototypes.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Deutsche Telekom

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