What is NB-IoT?

Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) radio technology standard developed by 3GPP to enable a wide range of cellular devices and services. The specification was frozen in 3GPP Release 13 (LTE Advanced Pro), in June 2016. Other 3GPP IoT technologies include eMTC (enhanced Machine-Type Communication) and EC-GSM-IoT.
NB-IoT focuses specifically on :

  • Indoor coverage

  • Low cost

  • Long battery life

  • High connection density

  • Compatibility to existing infrastructure

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Advantages of NB-IoT

  • Overcomes Distance limitation

  • Cheaper plans compared to 3G/4G

  • Highly customizable products from FourFaith

  • Ultra low power consumption

Disadvantages

  • Still requires a monthly subscription plan

  • Configuration of APN, Cellular settings till required

  • IP settings are dependent on network provider or ISP