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NB-IoT & LTE-M: Member Report – Global Ecosystem and Market Status

NB-IoT & LTE-M: Member Report – Global Ecosystem and Market Status

Continued mobile industry commitment to the range of 3GPP-standards-based Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies has been demonstrated by the continued rise in the number of networks supporting NB-IoT and LTE-MTC (LTE-M) networks and the substantial growth in the number of Cat-NB1, Cat-NB2 and Cat-M1 compliant devices. There are:

·      139 operators that have deployed/launched NB-IoT or LTE-M networks in 64 countries.

·      165 operators actively investing in NB-IoT technology, of which:

·   123 have deployed/commercially launched NB-IoT networks.

·   23 are planning, piloting and/or deploying NB-IoT networks.

·   19 have been involved in evaluating/trialling NB-IoT technology.

·      74 operators actively investing in LTE-M technology, of which:

·   55 have deployed/commercially launched LTE-M networks.

·   10 are planning, piloting and/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 devices supporting 3GPP IoT standards in the past six months and there are now 729 devices supporting either Cat-M1, Cat-NB1 (NB-IoT) or Cat-NB2, an increase of more than 40% than were in the GAMBoD database at the end of March 2021. Of these:

·      456 devices support Cat-NB1 (including known variants) up from 362 in six months.

·      109 identified device models support Cat-NB2 (up from 71 models six months ago).

·      536 devices support Cat-M1 (including known variants), up from 371 device models since our last issue of this report.

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 IoT. Companies are actively working on IoT use-cases involving both NB-IoT and LTE-M. We expect the IoT market to grow rapidly over the next five years and for 3GPP technologies to account for much of that growth as they continue to develop.

IoT infrastructure, chipsets, modules and devices are now available from a range of companies: large and small, well established and start-up.

The increasing size of the 3GPP ecosystem will further drive commercialisation of IoT, with mobile operators, infrastructure suppliers, chipset and module manufacturers, device companies and development and testing houses supporting new services.

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NB-IoT & LTE-M: Member Report – Global Ecosystem and Market Status

Continued mobile industry commitment to the range of 3GPP-standards-based Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies has been demonstrated by the continued rise in the number of networks supporting NB-IoT and LTE-MTC (LTE-M) networks and the substantial growth in the number of Cat-NB1, Cat-NB2 and Cat-M1 compliant devices. There are:

·      139 operators that have deployed/launched NB-IoT or LTE-M networks in 64 countries.

·      165 operators actively investing in NB-IoT technology, of which:

·   123 have deployed/commercially launched NB-IoT networks.

·   23 are planning, piloting and/or deploying NB-IoT networks.

·   19 have been involved in evaluating/trialling NB-IoT technology.

·      74 operators actively investing in LTE-M technology, of which:

·   55 have deployed/commercially launched LTE-M networks.

·   10 are planning, piloting and/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 devices supporting 3GPP IoT standards in the past six months and there are now 729 devices supporting either Cat-M1, Cat-NB1 (NB-IoT) or Cat-NB2, an increase of more than 40% than were in the GAMBoD database at the end of March 2021. Of these:

·      456 devices support Cat-NB1 (including known variants) up from 362 in six months.

·      109 identified device models support Cat-NB2 (up from 71 models six months ago).

·      536 devices support Cat-M1 (including known variants), up from 371 device models since our last issue of this report.

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 IoT. Companies are actively working on IoT use-cases involving both NB-IoT and LTE-M. We expect the IoT market to grow rapidly over the next five years and for 3GPP technologies to account for much of that growth as they continue to develop.

IoT infrastructure, chipsets, modules and devices are now available from a range of companies: large and small, well established and start-up.

The increasing size of the 3GPP ecosystem will further drive commercialisation of IoT, with mobile operators, infrastructure suppliers, chipset and module manufacturers, device companies and development and testing houses supporting new services.

NB-IoT & LTE-M: Member Report – Global Ecosystem and Market Status

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NB-IoT & LTE-M: Member Report - Global Ecosystem and Market Status

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NB-IoT & LTE-M: Member Report – Global Ecosystem and Market Status
Date: 29th Sep 2021
Type: GSA Report
Technology: LTE
Originator: GSA

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