The Narrowband IoT(NB-IoT) seems to find itself building a good base in europe. After Dutch telecom firms T-mobile and Vodafone said to start the NB-IoT trials in the Netherlands, now in Finland, Nokia has also announced to release the country’s first commercial NB-IoT network.
Nokia has partnered with Finnish network operator Nokito run the trial using NB-IoT technology on its 4G network. This experiment aims to accelerate the IoT ecosystem and providing better IoT device supports in the country.
In Helsinki, Nokia has implemented NB-IoT technology over Sonera’s commercial 4G network. The network uses Nokia’s base stations in the 800 Mhz frequency band and expects to see speeds of up to 200 kbps. The two companies also connected a roaming device over the commercial network using NB-IoT technology, which is said to be the first in the world.
For the trial, Nokia wants first to allow NB-IoT to support companies to track their mobile assets. For instance, healthcare providers can now start to track the status of patients outside of the hospital using connected devices.
At the same time, Nokia has also built the partnership to launch NB-IoT with 5G network technology in Asia, with Singaporean telecom provider M1.
The two companies presented a live trial of a room temperature and room humidity sensor remote application using NB-IoT in M1’s laboratory under 5G network.
The collaboration between Nokia and M1 is installing NB-IoT all over Singapore. The two companies expect to finish the whole system distribution by 2017.
NB-IoT running over 4G network can be seen more and more common, with technology companies working with telecommunication providers.
In Singapore, the other telecom Singtel has worked with Ericsson to experiment the NB-IoT over its network; Korean telecom KT has successfully presented NB-IoT using 4G network with Nokia in 2015; and Vodafone Australia and Chinese firm Huawei have created WLPWA(wireless low-power wide-area) network in Melbourne.