Will T-Mobile's NB-IoT Undercut Verizon and AT&T’s LTE-M Offerings?

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3Q 2018 | IN-5238


T-Mobile USA completes NB-IoT Rollout


T-Mobile USA, has announced that, as of July 19, 2018, its Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) rollout in the United States has complete population coverage. T-Mobile claims the network covers 2.1 million square miles and almost 320 million people through a combination of new hardware to older basebands and software upgrades to new basestations. T-Mobile has certified modules from u-blox and Quectel Wireless Solutions that are based on chipsets from Qualcomm.

T-Mobile Disrupts MassiveIoT Cost Barriers 


In early 2018, T-Mobile introduced NB-IoT connectivity and modules at US$6/year for 12 MB and US$5 per module. The u-blox SARA‑R410M‑02B is a compact NB-IoT module offered for US$5 for orders over 20,000 units. It has also introduced a pay-per-use data plan at US$.50 cents/month, which includes 1 MB of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) data. T-Mobile’s NB-IoT solution is less than 1/8th and 1/10th the cost of similar IoT plans offered by AT&T and Verizon on their LTE-M networks, pr…

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