DT and Huawei to launch first NB-IoT demo

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James Pearce
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German operator claims to have activated world's first NB-IoT end-to-end system

Deutsche Telekom and Huawei claim to have activated the world’s first Narrow band Internet of Things end-to-end system, with plans to demonstrate it in Germany next week.

NB-IoT is  and IoT platform that runs on existing operator networks to support a large number of connected devices. It is optimised for low-power solutions with low bandwidth requirements, such as smart parking, smart metering or smart waste management.

Together with T-Mobile Netherlands and Huawei, DT said it has activated an end-to-end system on its live network, but did not provide further details about spectrum or technology used.

In June, the German operator said it had been actively involved in the development of NB-IoT, which is also being championed by the likes of Vodafone as a Low Power Wide Area (LWPA) technology. It said it was making effort within the 3GPP and GSMA to promote the standard.

The technology was ratified as a 3GPP standard earlier this year, but faces competition from other non-cellular LPWA technologies including LoRa, being pushed by the likes of SK Telecom and SoftBank, and Sigfox.