This blog post gives an overview of NB-IoT technology and its specifications, as well as a discussion of the reasons for choosing NB-Iot instead of current protocols. This post along with our other upcoming blog posts, will give you some additional knowledge about NB-IoT applications, hardware selection, shields and programming it for NB-IoT.
NB-IoT, also known as LTE Cat NB1, is a LPWAN technology standard that developed by 3GPP. Simply, 3GPP is a collaboration of telecommunication standards associations. The first duty of 3GPP was to make 3G technology based on GSM, after which this scope is expanded to 3G, 4G, LTE etc. technologies. NB-IoT can co-exist with 2G-3G-4G mobile networks. There are several LPWAN technologies around, and we've already been looking at some of them, e.g. LoRaWAN and SigFox. So let's try a short comparison.