• In the future, all devices that benefit from an internet connection will be connected. Internet of Things (IoT) technology is a key technology by delivering machine-to-machine (M2M) and machine-to-person communications on a massive scale.
  • it is predicted there will be about 30 billion connected devices by 2020 with a total value of USD 1.8 trilliong. IoT is expected to be the next revolution in mobile ecosystem and main revenue source for operators. More than 60% of the IoT connections will be based on low power wide area (LPWA), which includes NB-IoT, LTE-M, Sigfox and Lora. Sigforx and LoRa have been developed and designed solely for machine-type communication (MTC) applications, they uses unlicensed spectrum which is a disadvantage of operator. Both NB-IoT and LTE-M are based on cellular technologies, NB-IoT covers ultra-low end IoT applications with a cost and coverage advantage over LTE-M.

    Key Technologies

    Improved Indoor Coverage
    20dB better compared with GPRS, which is 7-fold for outdoor and significant improvement for indoor.
    Low Power Consumption
    NB-IoT is designed with much smaller power consumption, battery can last more than 10 years.
    Massive Connections 
    one cell can support more than 50,000 connections, 50-100 times of current wireless technologies.



    Low Cost
    Chipset of NB-IoT is designed to be simple and cheap, as low as under 5 USD, much cheaper than other technologies
    High Reliability, Spectrum Saving
    Use operator's spectrum, high data transmission reliability; narrow-band technology, save spectrum resources.
    Support Smooth Evolution
    Support NB-IoT through software upgrade of legacy network, dramatically reduce cost.

    Commercial Values

    Smooth Network Evolution, Cost Saving
    ZTE End-to-End NB-IoT solution can be realized through software upgrade of existing network, help operators save both CAPEX and OPEX, guarantee smooth network evolution.
    Open NB-IoT Cloud Platform
    ZTE NB-IoT platform is an open cloud platform, can help operators deploy and manage services effectively, can manage massive number of NB-IoT connections and provide big data storage and analysis services.

    Success Cases

    In May 2016, ZTE accomplished the first POC verification with China Mobile, fully complied with NB-IoT 3GPP standards. ZTE demonstrated Smart Parking and Smart Water Monitoring services based on NB-IoT at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China. Jointly launched by China Mobile Zhejiang Branch and ZTE in October 2016, Smart Parking and Smart Water Control are China’s first commercial NB-IoT services that comply with the 3GPP standard. 

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