Choosing Between LTE-M and NB-IoT in 2024

Explore the essential considerations for choosing between LTE-M and Narrowband IoT in 2024. Understand the similarities, differences, and suitability for various IoT applications. Stay informed about future trends, including the potential impact of emerging technologies like RedCap on the LPWAN landscape.

APN for IoT and LPWAN

Unlock seamless IoT connectivity! Explore my comprehensive guide on APN settings for IoT and LPWAN. Dive into the world of efficient IoT networking today.

Iridium’s Billion-Dollar Bet on Narrowband IoT

With a projection of $1 billion in annual service revenue by 2030 and an eye on the lucrative narrowband IoT market, Iridium Communications is poised to redefine the future of connectivity in an increasingly digital world. Read on to discover why Iridium’s strategy is more than just numbers—it’s about pioneering solutions for real-world challenges

LoRaWAN vs NB-IoT -aligning statements with reality

Time for some mythbusting. Last year when I spoke at the Things conference, I described the battle in the massive IoT market as a tug-of-war between two technologies; LoRaWAN and 4G/5G.I have been trying to shed more light on the respective technology’s similarities and superpowers in the last year. Both standards are essential for each …


Choosing the right IoT technology in 2023

Digitalisation, or digital transformation, is a term we’ve heard about in recent years. IoT, the Internet of Things, is one of many enabling technologies. Digital transformation is often a technical exercise, but to be successful, the transformation must demonstrate business value. Business benefits aside, in this article, we’ll focus on what you need to know …

LTE-M or NB-IoT?

LPWAN (Low Power, Wide Area Network) is not a technology standard but rather a group of wireless technologies that, as the name suggests, use low power but cover a large area. LPWAN is suitable for IoT, devices such as those in smart cities, smart sensor networks and fleet management do not need as much bandwidth …

NB-IoT part 4: different implementations

NB-IoT can be implemented in three ways: standalone, guard band and in-band. NB-IoT standalone operation Standalone: NB-IoT channel used outside the 4G/5G spectrum, for example, the spectrum used for GSM or satellite communications. Standalone operation is when NB-IoT is used exclusively within a spectrum, whether in a private or public network. This model provides the …

NB-IoT repetitions

NB-IoT part 3: repetitions

NB-IoT is designed to achieve a 20 dB coverage improvement over GSM’s MCL or link budget. The maximum link loss, MCL, for GSM is 144 dB. The maximum link loss for NB-IoT is, therefore, 164 dB. There are several ways that NB-IoT improved the signal over GSM. NB-IoT and Message repetition The downlink improvement is …