T-Mobile launches nationwide narrowband IoT network

In yet another first, T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) has launched its Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) service nationwide, the company said.

T-Mobile is the first to launch NB-IoT in the US and first in the world to launch NB-IoT in the guard bands for optimal efficiency. The Un-carrier also announced its new partner program, T-Mobile CONNECT, to help IoT solution providers collaborate and bring their products and services to market on T-Mobile´s network — and into the hands of customers — more quickly.

Built on the 3GPP standard, NB-IoT is a low power, wide area network (LPWAN) LTE-Advanced technology that provides a pathway to 5G IoT and offers many comparable benefits like low power usage, long battery life and low device cost. T-Mobile was also first to trial NB-IoT in the US last year.

By lighting up NB-IoT in the guard bands — the network equivalent of driving down the shoulders on the highway — T-Mobile can utilize precious spectrum resources most efficiently, and IoT applications don´t have to compete with other data traffic for network resources. T-Mobile worked with Ericsson, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies to deploy nationwide NB-IoT, laying the foundation for the 5G future and giving partners and customers peace of mind that their solutions are future proof.

As America´s Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through product and service innovation. Its advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 74.0 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS. For more information, visit http://www.t-mobile.com.