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    Growth Internet of Things more than doubled

    27 september 2017

    Vodafone's NB-IoT network now with national coverage

    Internet of Things goes from niche to mainstream, as shown by the yearly IoT ('Internet of Things') Barometer. Today, for the fifth time, Vodafone Group publishes this survey into trends in IoT, held among businesses worldwide. At the same time, Vodafone Netherlands has finalized the commercial launch this week of its new NarrowBand-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network. NB-IoT is an internationally standardized technology that efficiently connects devices to the internet.
    Compared to five years ago, the share of companies using IoT applications has more than doubled (from 12% to 29%). And 84% of the participants in the survey indicate that the adoption of Internet of Things has increased in the past twelve months. Read more about the survey here.

    John van Vianen, Executive Director Business market at VodafoneZiggo: "By now, Vodafone has nearly 60 million IoT connections worldwide. With this figure it's fair to say we are the market leader in mobile communication between devices. With our new network we are taking the next step in the superfast evolution caused by Internet of Things."

    NB-IoT is the standard

    NB-IoT is a technology that connects devices to the internet in an efficient way. NB-IoT technology was defined as the international standard (3GPP) in June 2016 within the low power wide area (LPWA) playing field. This international standard has the advantage that its technique is not influenced by borders, which means Vodafone can offer its customers the possibility to expand their services and/or operations on a worldwide scale.

    IoT in the aviation industry

    Undagrid, specialist in IoT services in aviation, also recognizes the opportunities of Vodafone's newest technology. Marcus Breekweg, Co-founder of Undagrid: "Undagrid's market doesn't stop at the national border and the international potential of Vodafone's NarrowBand-IoT technology follows suit. The typical characteristics of NarrowBand-IoT enable us to roll out our services in the aviation industry faster and easier, without infrastructural investments. In addition, the very low energy consumption in combination with strong two-way communication possibilities contribute towards continuous improvement and expansion of our services."