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Deutsche Telekom opens NB-IoT network to help start-ups

Steve Rogerson
June 21, 2017

Deutsche Telekom’s start-up incubator Hub:Raum has launched the Warp NB-IoT programme that lets start-ups and growing companies join an NB-IoT network to help commercialise projects across Europe.
NB-IoT is a low-power wide area network radio technology standard dedicated for IoT devices. It is open, independent of any company and works on a licensed frequency band that belongs to mobile operators and ensures high certainty and service quality.
The benefits of NB-IoT include long battery life, short data rates, deep indoor penetration by signal, multitude devices connected by cell, worldwide standard, plug-and-play installation, high-security level, and low cost. Some of the best examples of NB-IoT applications are controlling street lights, metering, parking places or waste management and a way of tracking assets, bicycles or pets.
Warp NB-IoT is a chance for companies to introduce or develop their ideas in the NB-IoT area, even if they used different low power options before. Warp helps in acceleration, prototyping and implementation to the market with a solid background of expert knowledge and strong products.
Start-ups can count on a blend of benefits including potential investment from Hub:Raum, as well as financial support for pilot projects, access to the NB-IoT live network, technical support for prototypes and a chance to make a trial deal with real customers as well as commercial implementation.
Deutsche Telekom will roll-out NB-IoT in eight countries – Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and Croatia – so it will be an opportunity for start-ups to implement their ideas for clients in those markets. So far, in the NB-IoT prototyping hub programme, DT has successfully trialled 16 products and headed up further pre-commercial tests and implementations.
The programme is dedicated to start-ups and growing companies having products or working prototypes across various areas, for example smart cities, smart tracking, smart industries, smart health, smart agriculture or smart property.