Vodafone Business, a global leader in IoT connectivity with over 118m devices connected worldwide, is expanding its Long Term Evolution for Machines (LTE-M) footprint, making the technology available to customers in more countries.
According to industry analysts, the IoT market is forecast to maintain its strong growth trajectory over the next ten years. This growth will be attributable in part to the increasing use of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) network technology, including NB-IoT and LTE-M.
Since rolling out its first NB-IoT network in 2017, Vodafone has NB-IoT networks in 18 countries, roaming agreements to cover an additional 35 networks and is now rolling out LTE-M across its footprint. LTE-M is already live in the Netherlands and was recently launched in Germany, covering 90% of the country.
The addition of LTE-M means Vodafone is completing its connectivity portfolio and is able to offer customers IoT connectivity via Satellite, 5G, 4G, 2G, LTE-M and NB-IoT.
Our LPWA networks are a key enabler in the continued growth of IoT and two-thirds of the 4 billion LPWA IoT connections predicted by 2030 by analysts will be accounted for by NB-IoT and LTE-M. Our customers have been using NB-IoT since 2017 and the ability to offer both NB-IoT and LTE-M enables us to offer them an even better match for their specific projects, opening up a wide range of use cases that were simply not possible before.Erik Brenneis, Vodafone Business IoT Director
NB-IoT and LTE-M are both licensed low power networks and provide high signal penetration and low power consumption, making them ideal for battery devices and indoor applications. NB-IoT is optimised for power and low bandwidth, whilst LTE-M provides a range of additional capabilities including voice and will be the natural replacement for many devices that currently operate on 2G networks.
Stephan Klink, Head of Commercial Expansion at Vodafone Business IoT said: “We have seen a step-change in the adoption of LPWA technology and many equipment manufacturers now ask for a single solution for multiple countries. We have therefore expanded our coverage to match their demands, via both our own LPWA networks and our extensive ecosystem of roaming partners. Adding LTE-M to the mix will also enable devices to take advantage of more networks using many of the dual technology modems that are available on the market”.
Vodafone Business customers are already using NB-IoT and LTE-M for their IoT deployments in the agricultural sector, energy, health and utilities and as part of their Mobile Private Networks (MPN) projects.
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