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NB-IoT & LTE-M March-2023 – Summary

NB-IoT & LTE-M March-2023 – Summary

Major industry initiatives worldwide, in areas like connected and autonomous vehicles, connected or smart homes, agriculture, robotics, smart industry, smart cities and smart energy, are exploring the potential of the Internet of things (IoT). Companies are actively working on IoT use cases involving both NB-IoT and LTE-MTC (LTE-M) networks, and the market has been boosted by the greater need for remote operations during the pandemic. We expect the IoT market to grow rapidly over the next five years and for 3GPP technologies to gain market share.

IoT infrastructure, chipsets, modules and devices are now available from a range of companies — large and small, well-established and start-ups. The increasing size of the 3GPP ecosystem will further drive commercialization and economies of scale in IoT, with mobile operators, infrastructure suppliers, chipset and module manufacturers, device companies and development and testing houses supporting new services.

The mobile industry continues to demonstrate its commitment to the range of low-power wide area network technologies based on 3GPP standards. Our research shows a steady rise in the number of networks supporting NB-IoT, and continued but slowed growth in the number of devices compliant with Cat-NB1 and -NB2 as well as Cat-M1. The number of operators actively investing in LTE-M networks has remained flat since our previous report. As of March 2023, there are:

  • 180 operators that have deployed or launched NB-IoT or LTE-M networks in 81 countries
  • 168 operators actively investing in NB-IoT technology, of which:
  • 125 have deployed or commercially launched NB-IoT networks
  • 24 are planning, piloting or deploying NB-IoT networks
  • 19 are evaluating or trialling NB-IoT technology
  • 76 operators actively investing in LTE-M technology, of which:
  • 56 have deployed or commercially launched LTE-M networks
  • 11 are planning, piloting or deploying LTE-M networks
  • 9 are trialling LTE-M technology

Note that a technology is regarded as deployed when it has been installed in the operator’s commercial network and is intended for continued commercial use (a trial or pilot installation might be discontinued). A network is considered to be commercially launched once it is available at least on a limited basis for the use of commercial customers.

In terms of IoT equipment, GSA has identified a significant rise in both the number and range of devices supporting 3GPP IoT standards since the previous update in September 2022:

795 devices supporting either Cat M1, Cat NB1 (NB-IoT) or Cat NB2
Within that total:

  • 503 devices support Cat NB1 (including known variants)
  • 142 identified device models support Cat-NB2
  • 612 devices support Cat-M1 (including known variants)

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NB-IoT & LTE-M March-2023 - Summary

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Mobile industry research is the backbone of GSA activity and covers topics from devices, chipsets and technology, to networks, features and spectrum.

The GSA research team is constantly following market dynamics and activity to ensure the latest data is available to GSA users via the GSA website.

Data is updated monthly and quarterly and can be referenced by users who register for free on the GSA website and download multiple reports, charts and videos of webinars. GSA welcomes any contributions on industry data from mobile operators, vendors and suppliers what want to ensure accurate industry data is shared globally.

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NB-IoT & LTE-M March-2023 – Summary

NB-IoT & LTE-M March-2023 – Summary

Major industry initiatives worldwide, in areas like connected and autonomous vehicles, connected or smart homes, agriculture, robotics, smart industry, smart cities and smart energy, are exploring the potential of the Internet of things (IoT). Companies are actively working on IoT use cases involving both NB-IoT and LTE-MTC (LTE-M) networks, and the market has been boosted by the greater need for remote operations during the pandemic. We expect the IoT market to grow rapidly over the next five years and for 3GPP technologies to gain market share.

IoT infrastructure, chipsets, modules and devices are now available from a range of companies — large and small, well-established and start-ups. The increasing size of the 3GPP ecosystem will further drive commercialization and economies of scale in IoT, with mobile operators, infrastructure suppliers, chipset and module manufacturers, device companies and development and testing houses supporting new services.

The mobile industry continues to demonstrate its commitment to the range of low-power wide area network technologies based on 3GPP standards. Our research shows a steady rise in the number of networks supporting NB-IoT, and continued but slowed growth in the number of devices compliant with Cat-NB1 and -NB2 as well as Cat-M1. The number of operators actively investing in LTE-M networks has remained flat since our previous report. As of March 2023, there are:

  • 180 operators that have deployed or launched NB-IoT or LTE-M networks in 81 countries
  • 168 operators actively investing in NB-IoT technology, of which:
  • 125 have deployed or commercially launched NB-IoT networks
  • 24 are planning, piloting or deploying NB-IoT networks
  • 19 are evaluating or trialling NB-IoT technology
  • 76 operators actively investing in LTE-M technology, of which:
  • 56 have deployed or commercially launched LTE-M networks
  • 11 are planning, piloting or deploying LTE-M networks
  • 9 are trialling LTE-M technology

Note that a technology is regarded as deployed when it has been installed in the operator’s commercial network and is intended for continued commercial use (a trial or pilot installation might be discontinued). A network is considered to be commercially launched once it is available at least on a limited basis for the use of commercial customers.

In terms of IoT equipment, GSA has identified a significant rise in both the number and range of devices supporting 3GPP IoT standards since the previous update in September 2022:

795 devices supporting either Cat M1, Cat NB1 (NB-IoT) or Cat NB2
Within that total:

  • 503 devices support Cat NB1 (including known variants)
  • 142 identified device models support Cat-NB2
  • 612 devices support Cat-M1 (including known variants)

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WeChat: GSA Express

NB-IoT & LTE-M March-2023 - Summary

© GSA 2023

https://gsacom.com

GSA Research

Mobile industry research is the backbone of GSA activity and covers topics from devices, chipsets and technology, to networks, features and spectrum.

The GSA research team is constantly following market dynamics and activity to ensure the latest data is available to GSA users via the GSA website.

Data is updated monthly and quarterly and can be referenced by users who register for free on the GSA website and download multiple reports, charts and videos of webinars. GSA welcomes any contributions on industry data from mobile operators, vendors and suppliers what want to ensure accurate industry data is shared globally.

GSA GAMBoD Database

GSA reports are based on extensive data contained in the GSA GAMBoD databases, which is a resource available to GSA members and associates. Companies and policy makers can subscribe, as a GSA associate, to gain access to GSA databases and member reports for additional insights into the source data behind reports, which can be used for their own research purposes.

Discounted annual subscription are available to regulators, government agencies and licensed mobile operators.

Please email info@gsacom.com for more information.

NB-IoT & LTE-M March-2023 – Summary

NB-IoT & LTE-M March-2023 – Summary
Date: 21st Mar 2023
Type: GSA Report
Technology: Narrow Band IoT & M2M
Originator: GSA

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