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More about Cellular IOT
Cellular IOT Basics
IoT SIM Cards
Smartphones need a SIM card to connect to cellular networks, and the same is true with IoT cellular devices. Most devices that support cellular will have an IoT board with SIM card slots, with IoT data plans you can choose. However, the difference with conventional phone SIMs is that IoT SIM cards can connect with any network in every country in the world. This ensures reliability and continued coverage, regardless of location, even if one mobile network goes down. It also gives your IoT the ability to switch to the most optimal connection in the area. The SIM card is just one part of the IoT cellular equation, as it only allows you to authenticate with cellular networks. Connecting to them requires an IoT modem.
Modems and Frequency Bands
The frequency band determines the specific RF frequency your IoT device uses to transmit and receive data. Different countries and networks use varying frequency bands, so you need to know the specific ones used in your location. It’s also important to note that lower frequency bands equal more coverage and less interference from large obstacles like buildings or tunnels. However, high-frequency bands offer better reliability and signal quality in densely populated areas where more devices are trying to connect.
Types of Mobile Networks and When to Use Them
NB-IoT is generally suited for low-bandwidth applications or devices that transmit data intermittently from a fixed location. A key value is that the NB-IoT modems consume much less power to connect, making it perfect for battery-operated devices. It’s also great for areas with weak signal coverage, making it ideal for outdoor sensors and measuring equipment and indoor applications where normal cellular signals do not easily penetrate.
LTE-M, or Long Term Evolution Machine Type Communication, is a higher-bandwidth network well-suited for IoT devices that require cloud access, roaming data, or transmission of large files, with lower power consumption requirements than standard LTE. Due to its stability and speed, LTE-M is also the network of choice for critical devices that require split-second processing, such as smart cars or medical equipment. Many LTE-M modems can also optionally connect to standard LTE networks (consuming more power) when an LTE-M signal is not available.
Per the GSMA, 136 operators in 64 countries have deployed/launched at least one of the NB-IoT or LTE-M technologies. Of those, 39 operators have deployed/launched both NB-IoT and LTE-M.
5G is the next-generation network standard designed to be faster and more stable than current technologies like 4G and LTE. 5G was released in 2019 worldwide, but it has yet to fully replace 4G and LTE.
There are IoT modems available that are 5G-ready. However, they tend to be more expensive with limited applications since 5G isn’t fully mainstream yet.