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T-Mobile, Ericsson and Qualcomm test NB-IoT in Las Vegas

Steve Rogerson
July 20, 2017

T-Mobile has completed North America’s first live network tests of NB-IoT technology. Qualcomm and Ericsson also participated in the Las Vegas test.
NB-IoT is an evolution of LTE technology built on industry standards and uses small amounts of dedicated spectrum to carry data with efficiency and performance.
“Narrowband IoT is no longer a thing of the distant future; T-Mobile is lighting it up this year,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer for T-Mobile. “By investing in narrowband IoT now, we’re ensuring our customers will be able to bring their products to market faster with better performance, vastly improved battery life and big cost savings, all on a dedicated highway that’s purpose-built for connected devices.”
The field tests were conducted in partnership with Qualcomm and Ericsson across multiple sites on T-Mobile’s live commercial LTE network in Las Vegas and used just 200kHz of T-Mobile’s AWS spectrum.
“Connecting the IoT and virtually everything requires wireless technologies that can scale up to high-performance IoT and also scale down to low complexity IoT application needs,” said Vieri Vanghi, vice president at Qualcomm Technologies. “New LTE narrowband technologies support lower power consumption, improved coverage and increased device density. “With these ground-breaking field tests, which utilised our global multimode LTE IoT modems, Qualcomm Technologies and T-Mobile have demonstrated the ability to deploy a next-gen network that’s going to bring LTE IoT technologies to life for businesses and consumers across the USA.”
Fredrik Jejdling, head of business area networks at Ericsson, added: “Working together on narrowband IoT for these successful field tests on a live LTE network is one more step in our continued close partnership with T-Mobile to bring the best, most innovative network services to our customers.”
T-Mobile and the city of Las Vegas today also announced a partnership to deploy IoT technology throughout the city, including narrowband IoT. Together, T-Mobile and Las Vegas are piloting several IoT projects starting in the city’s Innovation District, an area just off the Las Vegas strip that is dedicated to developing emerging technologies.
A few of the IoT projects include:

  • Flood abatement: Flood and storm drainage sensors will provide early warning and fault detection for Las Vegas residents.
  • Smart city lighting: T-Mobile will power the city’s LED lighting within a single compact device.
  • Environmental monitoring: Sensors placed atop existing smart city light poles will continuously monitor temperature, humidity and environmental gases.
“The Las Vegas Innovation District was created to bring the most exciting emerging technologies right to our doorstep,” said Michael Sherwood, director of technology and innovation for Las Vegas. “We are excited about partnering with T-Mobile to bring these technologies to the core of our city in a way that will benefit residents and tourists.”