T-Mobile US announced plans to light up the first nationwide Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) network in 2018.
At the same time, the 'Un-carrier' also expanded its SyncUP product family, unveiling T-Mobile SyncUP FLEET, a new fleet management solution for businesses.
Earlier this year, T-Mobile completed North America’s first-ever NB-IoT field tests with Qualcomm and Ericsson. Next month, the Operator expects to launch its first commercial NB-IoT network in Las Vegas, paving the way for nationwide NB-IoT in mid-2018. In addition, T-Mobile confirmed the its network will also support Cat-M – another IoT standard for solutions requiring voice support – in 2018.
T-Mobile also announced the first NB-IoT modules from Sierra Wireless, Telit and u-blox are already being tested in its labs, with expected availability in early 2018. These modules will provide connected product makers and developers with low-cost pricing and data connectivity to quickly bring their devices to market on T-Mobile’s NB-IoT network.
SyncUP FLEET: T-Mobile’s Newest IoT Solution
While T-Mobile is enriching its network to support IoT for business and government, the Operator is also launching its own family of T-Mobile-branded IoT solutions. Last year, T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE debuted, and the all-in-one connected car solution proved to be a runaway hit – with customer demand doubling initial forecasts. Now, the Operator is expanding the SyncUP family with its first new addition: T-Mobile SyncUP FLEET. With SyncUP FLEET, businesses get low-cost fleet management and monitoring to help reduce fuel consumption, maintenance issues and other costs. And all with transparent pricing and no sticky annual service contracts.
SyncUP FLEET includes connected hardware and a cloud-based platform with easy-to-use management tools for businesses they can access right from their smartphone, tablet or desktop. Customers simply plug the SyncUP FLEET device into each vehicle’s standard on-board diagnostics (OBDII) port and create their online account to get started.
SyncUP FLEET is developed in partnership with global business logistics leader Geotab and will be available this fall for just $3 per month on T-Mobile’s interest-free 24 month equipment installment plan (EIP) with a $15 per month unlimited mobile data plan per vehicle.