KT and Samsung, Tuesday announced launching of the Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT, CAT-NB1) pilot service targeted at friendly-users in Seoul and its metropolitan areas over a two-month period.
The NB-IoT technology is designed to meet the demands for use cases that require low throughput and battery use owing to its main feature, the narrow bandwidth of 180KHz. With its low-power consumption and cost-effective device, NB-IoT is applicable to diverse service models for individual and industry automation, such as utility metering, smart factory, cargo tracking and location tracking of children and goods. KT will initiate its first NB-IoT pilot service with the location tracking service and further expand on its use cases to diverse business applications.
Samsung has deployed its latest NB-IoT technology to existing LTE radio base stations and rolled out its virtualized Cellular IoT core solution (C-GSN). Further, interoperability tests between NB-IoT networks and new devices have been completed in advance, since reliable interoperability is a key prerequisite for operators prior to introducing new technologies and services to the market.
Back in February 2017, Samsung and KT signed the supply contract for NB-IoT solutions, and a mere two months later, the companies are announcing their readiness to start pilot service which indicates the proximity of commercial service.