• 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. Compared with other IoT technologies, NB-IoT has significant advantage on cost and coverage, this will cover the low power wide coverage IoT applications.
  • There are 7.5 billion IoT connection in 2017, this number will reach 25.1 billion in 2025. It is predicted there will be a total value of USD 1.8 trillion in 2020. 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.
     Latest Value Features

    Higher speed, suitable for picture transmission

    Wider coverage, suitable for remote area coverage

    Positioning service, support more business

    Spectrum sharing, improve spectrum efficiency

    ZTE firstly supports R14 speed enhancement technologies in global, UL and DL speed can increase 2.5 times and 4.8 times.

    ZTE NB-IoT ultra-coverage solution has no requirement for UEs, and can increase coverage of NB-IoT to 100km.

    ZTE supports positioning features in 3GPP, and also can provide innovative solution for higher positioning accuracy, which can be 50 meters.

    ZTE supports spectrum sharing of NB-IoT/GSM and NB-IoT/LTE, this will save valuable spectrum resource for operators and improve spectrum efficiency.

     Success Cases

    China Mobile
    China Unicom, China Telecom
    Overseas Market
    In Nov.2017, in China Mobile’s NB-IoT bidding project, because of strong technical strength in this field, ZTE get the market share of 33%.

    ZTE has finished a series of NB-IoT field tests with China Unicom and China Telecom, and finished the commercial deployment for China Telecom. ZTE also has deployed a series of innovation NB-IoT applications, such as smart manhole cover in Shanghai EXPO wisdom park.

    ZTE has cooperation with MTN, Velcom and Telenet, to build innovative lab, finish NB-IoT demo and verify technologies. And ZTE also commercially deployed NB-IoT sites in several countries and regions. ZTE gets custom’s high praise because of industry leading technical strength.


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