4 Game-Changing Impacts of NB-IoT and Cat M1 on Businesses

Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and Category (Cat) M1 (also called LTE-M) are cellular low-power wide-area network (LPWA or LPWAN) technologies. They’re known for reducing costs and extending battery life for long-lasting deployments.  

These cellular LPWA technologies support Power Saving Mode (PSM) and extended Discontinuous Reception (eDRX). They were introduced in 3GPP’s Release (Rel) 13.   

NB-IoT and Cat M1 Use Cases and Applications 

These cellular LPWA technologies offer extended coverage, as defined in Rel 13, which enhances connectivity in challenging environments. NB-IoT was introduced as a solution for stationary devices, while Cat M1 can also support mobility use cases. Rel 14 gave enhanced mobility functionality to NB-IoT but not to the extent of cellular networks. NB-IoT is ideal for smart meters, warehouses and underground facilities.  

Compared to NB-IoT, Cat M1 can deliver higher data rates and offers lower latency. Cat M1’s use cases include asset trackers, cold chain monitors and mobile point-of-sale devices.  

NB-IoT and Cat M1 will be relevant in 5G’s evolving landscape. As 4G sunsets, these technologies will continue to coexist with 5G due to their unmatched support for low-speed IoT use cases. 

Security and maintenance costs are pivotal considerations in any IoT deployment. These cellular LPWA technology standards ensure secure transmissions and end-to-end application security.  

Key Takeaways 

Join us for a deep dive into these two cellular LPWA network technologies. We will explore their benefits, use cases and the top four ways they are impacting businesses. We will explore how these technologies can revolutionize IoT connectivity and reduce power consumption. In addition, we’ll delve into their extended reach and enhanced security. 

Attendees will learn:   

  • How NB-IoT and Cat M1 reduce energy consumption 
  • The extent to which they expand IoT application reach    
  • The increased return on investment these technologies bring   
  • How these technologies improve security and reduce maintenance costs