Telstra announced the successful deployment of Narrowband technology (NB-IoT) in its IoT Network.
Telstra now offers NB-IoT coverage in major Australian cities and many regional towns. This is in addition to the around three million square kilometres of Cat M1 IoT coverage Telstra turned on in 2017.
Telstra claims that it is the only carrier in Australia and one of the first carriers in the world to offer both Narrowband and Cat M1 IoT technologies.
Cat M1 is well suited to applications with data in the 100s of kilobits per second with extended range and long battery life, such as a personal health monitor or a device used to measure vehicle performance. Narrowband is better suited to applications sending even smaller amounts of data and operating with an even longer battery life, such as a moisture sensor or livestock tracking device.
Telstra also announced it had entered into a Smart City partnership with the Tasmanian State Government, the Federal Government, several local Councils and the University of Tasmania to develop and trial new IoT solutions and drive the uptake of IoT in Launceston.