Within the last two months, NTT DoCoMo and DISH Network both announced abandonment of their Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) networks, choosing to focus on their LTE footprints. These moves were largely unforeseen, with NTT DoCoMo’s network having been operational for less than one year, and DISH’s NB-IoT deployment coming off the back of extensive preparations in 2017 and 2018 and a bullish attitude at the beginning of 2019. In both cases, the premature shutdown of networks reflects the low uptake of NB-IoT connectivity solutions and the lack of devices entering the network.
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