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U-Blox NB-IoT modules approved for Chinese use

Steve Rogerson
November 29, 2017

China Telecom and China Unicom have certified U-Blox NB-IoT modules. The Sara-N2 modules have completed AVL certification with China Telecom and validation with China Unicom.
This includes the 900MHz Sara-N200 and 850MHz Sara-N201 variants, which were both designed to meet Chinese market requirements.
The certifications offer more flexibility to manufacturers of end devices integrating the Swiss company’s NB-IoT modules, guaranteeing performance of the devices under China Telecom and China Unicom networks and full compliance to all operator requirements. Both modules are commercially available.
“We are glad to announce that our Sara-N2 NB-IoT modules have been approved for use in China,” said Perry Zhang, principal of strategic partnerships at U-Blox. “We can now offer full NB-IoT connectivity to our customers in this market.”
The NB-IoT modules consume little power to deliver more than ten years of battery life and thus suit applications that need to communicate for long periods in difficult radio propagation conditions, such as in buildings and underground.
Maximum coupling loss is 164dB. Measuring 16 by 26mm, the modules are industrial grade, providing a temperature range of -40 to +85°C and ISO/TS16949 manufacturing.