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Introduction

This research note highlights the deployment status of NB-IoT in Asia-Pacific and the support for the standard from various operators and vendors in the region. It also sets out the major industry segments and application areas where NB-IoT is finding significance.

Highlights

  • The finalization of the NB-IoT standard by the 3GPP in June 2016 resulted in a sharp rise in the number of pilots and announcements of commercial deployments from mobile operators around the world, putting NB-IoT on a path to become the dominant LPWA technology in the cellular (wireless) IoT connectivity landscape.
  • Since NB-IoT technology uses licensed spectrum, it can back QoS-based services, making it suitable for multiple use cases, especially in industrial and enterprise setups.
  • The fact that NB-IoT can be deployed in existing GSM spectrum, in an LTE carrier, or in a WCDMA or LTE guard band will maximize the migration possibilities, thereby driving support from both operator and vendor communities.

Features and Benefits

  • Identify operators that are leveraging existing cellular networks to support NB-IoT.
  • Identify the application areas where NB-IoT is gaining significance.
  • Analyzes deployment status of NB-IoT technology in key M2M markets in Asia.

Key questions answered

  • Which technology is dominating IoT deployments in Asia-Pacific?
  • How are operators and vendors coming together to prepare for NB-IoT?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • NB-IoT is marking its presence in Asia’s largest cellular M2M markets
  • Early commitment coming from utilities
  • Multivendor support in Asia
  • Ovum’s observations and recommendations

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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