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Verizon successful data trial on NB-IoT Guard Band Network

William Payne
February 8, 2018

Verizon and Ericsson have completed their first successful Narrowband IoT Guard band data session. The trials used Ericsson's Massive Internet of Things software on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

According to Verizon, nationwide deployment of its Narrowband IoT Guard band network is planned to be fully complete across Verizon’s nationwide network covering 2.56 million square miles in 2018.

While the low power narrowband CAT-M1 technology targets a range of applications for business customers such as wearables, fleet and asset management, NB-IoT Guard band focuses on applications needing data rates below 100 kbps. NB-IoT Guard band technology occupies a dedicated frequency of 180 kHz bandwidth designated for IoT applications which does not share spectrum resources with commercial smartphone traffic.

Bill Stone, Vice President - Network Planning at Verizon said, “We are committed to providing more customer options to the IoT ecosystem by leading with new technologies and capabilities such as NB-IoT Guard band that efficiently use dedicated spectrum and target different customer requirements for throughput and battery life.”

“The IoT ecosystem has tremendous potential for further growth and development,” said Kevin Zvokel, Head of Networks for Ericsson in North America. “With our IoT commercial software in combination with Verizon’s network, we are pleased to pave the way for future growth in this important segment.”