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P. Masek et al., "Tailoring NB-IoT for Mass Market Applications: A Mobile Operator’s Perspective," 2018 IEEE Globecom Workshops (GC Wkshps), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2018, pp. 1-7. doi: 10.1109/GLOCOMW.2018.8644487

Tailoring NB-IoT for mass market applications : a mobile operator’s perspective

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Author: Masek, Pavel1; Stusek, Martin1; Zeman, Krystof1;
Organizations: 1Department of Telecommunications, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic
2Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Laboratory of Electronics and Communications Engineering, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland
4Vodafone Czech Republic a.s., Prague, Czech Republic
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-08-15


Today, about 6.5 billion “things” are connected to the public space. While this sounds like a lot, still less than 1% of all the things that are surrounding us and could be connected are actually utilizing this opportunity. Hence, the question is why all these devices are not equipped with wireless connectivity? In some cases, they are either too remote, too inaccessible, or there are simply too many of them to make it economically viable. To mitigate this gap, a promising solution emerges, which has the potential to become an enabler for true mass market IoT. In this paper, we discuss a professional point of view expressed by Vodafone Czech Republic a.s. As Vodafone has been one of the first in Europe to complete a commercial Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network roll-out, we build upon this long-term cooperation. First, we discuss the potential of NB-IoT for mass market applications. Then, we offer unique expert findings that reflect the operator’s considerations during implementation, testing, measuring, and evaluating this new 3GPP-ratified communications technology. Moreover, we outline our prototype design of the NB-IoT device and discuss the architecture challenges. Also, the configuration required on the side of a mobile operator is detailed to have NB-IoT communications ready to take off. Finally, we summarize the results obtained in our lab along with numerous field tests that we run during a long-term cooperation between the research partners.

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ISBN: 978-1-5386-4920-6
ISBN Print: 978-1-5386-4921-3
Pages: 1 - 7
DOI: 10.1109/GLOCOMW.2018.8644487
Host publication: 2018 IEEE Globecom Workshops (GC Wkshps) : Proceedings
Conference: IEEE Globecom Workshops
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: The described research was supported by the National Sustainability Program under grant LO 1401.
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