Belgium telecom Orange Belgium has said to implement IoT network, both Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-M, along with its existing network to support more applications building upon IoT.
Orange Belgium plans to roll out the IoT network in 2017. With a simple software upgrade, the telecom is able to transform the 99.8% coverage 4G network into Mobile IoT. In other words, the roll out will cover nationwide in a really short time.
The Mobile IoT implementation will act as an incentive for companies to develop more connected devices which could not operate under existing 4G data network environment. Consumer are expected to see various products, services and applications enabled by Mobile IoT. For example, broader smart thermostat installation or smart sensors built-in parking lots.
Orange Belgium’s Mobile IoT network will start operating in the first of 2017, and the nationwide roll out will be finished in the year. First, the Mobile IoT network will be tested with the company’s partners and business clients. Then it will become commercially used in the second half of 2017.
Some telecom that announced to bring IoT network only choose either NB-IoT or LTE-M to for implementation. Orange Belgium, however, decides to embrace both standards that the company is able to support more IoT devices in the future. (More: AT&T Starts To Pilot LTE-M Network In San Francisco, Claiming To Be The First In North America)
Two standards, LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies, both belong to Low Power Wide Area network (LPWAN). For that LPWAN offers low energy consumption and low cost of the radio modules, it has been widely adopted by the IoT. (More: T-Mobile Netherlands Rolls Out the First Commercial NB-IoT Network in Major Dutch Cities)
The company will enable full bidirectional communication between the object and network; the connected devices can rely on other operators’ Mobile IoT networks as well to ensure constant connectivity; signal penetration inside buildings can be solved for the company’s mobile network coverage; and the data in transit will be encrypted for that the network operates in licensed spectrum.