Over 100 Operators Have Deployed NB-IoT and LTE-M Networks

The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) Wednesday reported that a total of 102 operators in 52 countries have now either deployed or launched networks based on at least one of the NB-IoT or LTE-M technologies.  Of these, 20 operators in 19 countries had deployed or launched both NB-IoT and LTE-M, the report added.

Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-M are low power wide area network (LPWAN) radio technology standards developed by the 3GPP to enable a wide range of cellular devices and services, in particular IoT and machine-to-machine applications.

As of the end of March 2019, GSA had identified:

  • 149 operators in 69 countries investing in one or both of the NB-IoT and LTE-M network technologies
  • 22 countries are now home to deployed/launched NB-IoT and LTE-M networks
  • 28 countries are home to deployed/launched NB-IoT networks only, and two countries are home to deployed/launched LTE-M networks only
  • 140 operators in 69 countries investing in NB-IoT networks; of which 88 operators in 50 countries had deployed/launched their networks
  • 60 operators in 35 countries investing in LTE-M networks; of which 34 operators in 24 countries had deployed/launched their network

“The global momentum behind LPWAN deployments is testament to the revenue opportunities which operators are racing to win and monetise in a diverse range of new IoT applications. Significantly, it can also be seen as a precursor to operators replacing legacy M2M services such as GPRS-based trackers and preparing the ground for the eventual switch-off of their 2G networks,” commented Joe Barrett, President, GSA.

GSA is an association of  the mobile vendor ecosystem representing companies engaged in the supply of infrastructure, semiconductors, test equipment, devices, applications and mobile support services. GSA actively promotes the 3GPP technology road-map – 3G, 4G, 5G – and is a single source of information resource for industry reports and market intelligence. The GSA Executive board comprises of Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm, and Samsung with representation for other members including Viavi Solutions and ZTE.

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