Narrowband-IoT: Verizon launches Network nationwide in the USA

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Narrowband-IoT: Verizon launches Network nationwide in the USA

Verizon’s Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) Network is now available in the whole USA, covering more than 92% of the US population. The launch of this IoT connectivity option in combination with the company’s ThingSpace management platform, APIs, tools and an ecosystem of partners will provide enterprise customers the ability to bring unique NB-IoT solutions to market quickly.

“There is a whole universe of smart solutions needing scalable and affordable connections. By launching our Narrowband-IoT Network, Verizon is taking yet another step in making that connectivity available and driving innovation in the IoT field,” said Jeffrey Dietel, Senior Vice President of Business Marketing and Products.
NB-IoT technology is specifically designed for IoT applications that could benefit from access to lower cost chipsets, superior coverage and significantly prolonged battery life. The Verizon Network provides the ability to manage IP and non-IP data traffic. Handling non-IP data traffic allows for the creation of much simpler and more cost-effective IoT devices which are ideal for solutions that aren’t designed to be always mobile such as alarm panels, environmental sensors, industrial appliances, factory equipment and parking meters. Other use cases include Smart cities, Smart buildings, Environment monitoring, Agricultural uses and Asset Tracking.
Verizon has partnered with different chipset and module manufacturers so that IoT makers can immediately start working towards building their devices for the Verizon NB-IoT network. Three module manufacturers in final stages of testing – Telit, SIM-COM and Quectel – have modules on Verizon’s Network which are ready to be used in development efforts. Additionally, customers will be able to manage their connections securely using the integrated ThingSpace platform that supports connectivity management, location and device security.
Verizon has announced an initial NB-IoT Standard Price Plan, offering 50 KB of data with a $1.00 monthly access fee per device. The data allowance can be shared with other NB-IoT devices on the same price plan and on the same account.
“We have engineered our NB-IoT network in the Guard Band of our spectrum. By using the more complex Guard Band solution for our Narrow Band IoT Network, we are demonstrating very efficient use of spectrum assets while giving customers the breadth of options they need to best meet their needs. This strategic use of spectrum is one of the many variables that has resulted in Verizon’s continued performance superiority and strong capital management over the years,” said Bill Stone, Vice President of Technology Development and Planning at Verizon.

Author: Tim Cole
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