BT launches UK NB-IoT network

BT launches UK NB-IoT network

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By Nick Flaherty

BT has launched a narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network with 97% population coverage to boost smart city connectivity in the UK.

The NB-IoT network uses the EE terrestrial wireless network and is aimed at low data applications such as street lights or underground water sensors. This can deliver long battery life and enhance efficiency and reduce costs, for example by automatically detecting leaks in water infrastructure.

The rollout of the network will allow BT to help fast-track ‘smart cities’ of the future through use cases that include monitoring and optimising energy use, storage, and distribution.

The agricultural industry will also stand to benefit from IoT connectivity, with BT having previously trialled sensors to monitor hays.tack temperature and prevent fire risks, as well as safekeeping of livestock through gate sensors. However for agricultural use outside of cities the EE network has 94% geographical coverage across England and only  77% across Scotland (77%), with Northern Ireland (89%) and Wales (86%).

The network will add to BT’s existing IoT portfolio, which includes eSIMs and IoT national roaming SIMs.

“Growing numbers of businesses are beginning to realise the benefits of IoT applications, and our UK-wide NB-IoT network opens up a wide range of connectivity solutions for monitors, sensors, and other smart devices. Whether it’s building the smart cities of the future or reducing carbon emissions, our network will provide customers with the reliability and efficiency they need,” said Chris Keone, MD, Division X at BT.


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