Telia has launched the highly anticipated LTE-M network for IoT connectivity in Denmark
LTE-M is one of the most exciting developments in IoT as it combines the scalability of massive IoT with many of the features of high-performance IoT. It is expected to unlock a broad range of new possibilities in the logistics, transport, manufacturing & health sectors.
In late 2018, Telia was the first company in Denmark to launch a nationwide NarrowBand IoT network (NB-IoT). This provided a more scalable way to connect objects and machines that only need to send small amounts of data. Less than a year later, Telia is announcing the launch of the nationwide LTE-M coverage in Denmark. This makes them the first to be able to offer both technologies, with LTE-M to be available to waiting customers in the near future.
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IOT IS NOW MASSIVE
As well as wider coverage, both LTE-M and NB-IoT provide deeper penetration underground and into buildings. This makes them ideal for IoT solutions located in restricted areas, inside buildings or deep underground.
LTE-M also provides both extended range and battery life, but where LTE-M stands out from NB-IoT is that it hits the “sweet spot”, delivering not only extended coverage, energy efficiency and stability; but also mobility and higher data speeds. LTE-M supports data rates of up to 1 Mbps. This means it is suitable for standard resolution video as well as applications that require moderate data monitoring. All with a resource efficiency that enables the solution to be implemented on a very large scale.
The new LTE-M network is capable of supporting hand-over between mobile masts - making it suitable for moving applications such as asset tracking, cars and public transport.
COMPARING IOT TECHNOLOGIES
NB-IoT: Optimal for stationary objects and installations that send very little data (eg a garbage can or electricity meter). Things that are mounted inside buildings or even in basements. Has ultra-low power, power consumption and can run on battery.
LTE-M: Good for mobile devices that transmit limited amounts of data (eg a GPS tracker on a vehicle). Can run on battery power. Optimum coverage and stability.
LTE (4G): Ideal for fast-moving mobile objects. Able to manage high data rates with low latency. Needs to have a direct power source.