M1 Limited (M1) and Nokia conducted Singapore’s first “live” Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) demo highlighting potential commercial application of NB-IoT.
M1 and Nokia also showcased a live 5G demo, highlighting how both technologies complement each other in enabling IoT.
The demo, at M1’s advanced networks lab, simulated an environmental monitoring telemetry service. It featured a remote room temperature and humidity sensor application, whereby data from the sensor is collected and shared via NB-IoT connectivity. This showcased how NB-IoT could be used to connect the millions of sensors expected to be installed nationwide as part of Singapore’s journey to become a Smart Nation.
M1 and Nokia are currently deploying a nationwide NB-IoT network, expected to be ready in 2017. NB-IoT networks and devices are designed to deliver a superior network performance for M2M (machine-to-machine) communications with robust indoor penetration and low power consumption, while delivering the benefits of licensed spectrum such as network reliability and security. NB-IoT Standards were finalised by GSMA standards body 3GPP in June 2016, and commercial NB-IoT devices are expected to be available by mid-2017.
In a second demo, showcasing three robots with 5G connectivity, M1 and Nokia illustrated the benefits of the low latency (less than 1 millisecond) provided by 5G networks in mission-critical applications. 5G’s near zero latency and massive bandwidth scalability will enable complex industrial automation use cases, such as intelligent, real-time, responsive automated production, minimising manufacturing errors and material waste.
Commenting on the achievement, Mr Denis Seek, Chief Technical Officer, M1, said, “Our successful NB-IoT demo provides compelling examples of how NB-IoT can support new and innovative IoT applications to drive business productivity and enhance our quality of life, and accelerate Singapore’s journey to becoming a Smart Nation”.
“We are excited to partner with M1 as it prepares to connect the growing IoT market. Being at the forefront of networking technology, we have the skills and the experience to enable M1 to offer the most innovative services to their subscribers and to help them generate new revenue streams from IoT,” said Mr Nicolas Bouverot, head of Asia South, Nokia.
M1 is Singapore’s third largest mobile network operator, providing mobile and fixed services to over 2 million customers. Since the launch of commercial services in 1997, M1 has achieved many firsts, including the first operator to offer nationwide 4G service, as well as ultra high-speed fixed broadband, fixed voice and other services on the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN).