The collaboration between Verizon and Ericsson has completed their first successful Narrowband IoT Guard band data session. The trials used the latest Massive Internet of Things (IoT) Ericsson software on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is a technology providing scale, coverage and security for customers seeking scalable and cost effective wireless access solutions for IoT. The collaboration allows businesses and global brands to look forward to an expanded line-up of network offerings.

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. “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,” said Kevin Zvokel, Head of Networks for Ericsson in North America.

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.”

Nationwide deployment of Verizon’s Narrowband IoT Guard band network will be fully complete across Verizon’s nationwide network covering 2.56 million square miles in 2018.   Read more…

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