In the previous post I had a lot at how I can get my newly acquired NB-IoT module connect to the network. This is part two that now focuses on how to actually send some data back and forth across the NB-IoT network to a server on the Internet.
Back in 2016 and 2017 I had quite a number of articles on NB-IoT, the Narrow Band Internet of Things technology that can run alongside LTE to connect things to the Internet over the cellular network. From being very power efficient to run over years on batteries to increased in-house coverage, the standard contains a … Continue reading NB-IoT From Theory To Practice
Back in April I wrote a post about a breakthrough Arduino board with a Sigfox chip bundled with a 2 year network subscription. It has since arrived and a number of posts about how it performs in practice will come soon. In the initial post I wrote that in my opinion that’s where 3GPP network … Continue reading An NB-IoT Shield That Includes A 1 Year T-Mobile NL Subscription
In part 4 of my mini-series about 3GPPs Internet of Things standardisation for cellular networks I’ve given an overview of the currents state of the NB-IoT standardization in 3GPP. Most of what I’ve written in there is based on a 3GPP Technical Report that summarizes the different options that were studied and RP-151621 which contains … Continue reading Cellular IoT – How to find out more about NB-IoT in 3GPP – Part 5
I haven’t written a lot about the Internet of Things (IoT) so far as there are so many different approaches discussed, specified, prototypes tested and proprietary solutions rolled out these days. In other words, it’s not easy to keep an overview and to get a feeling which solutions might might become popular and which will … Continue reading Cellular IoT – The Dust Slowly Settles – MTC, NB-IOT and Things In Between – Part 1
Since 2018, I’ve been working in the area of putting 5G into practice. Back then, early versions of the 3GPP Release 15 specification had become available and equipment vendors started shipping first hardware and software. The standards were not developed overnight, however, but were preceded by visions, ideas, studies, and trials by at least half … Continue reading My 6G-Kickoff
Most cellular network operators around the world still have a circuit switched core network today for voice and SMS services for their 2G/3G access networks. There are a few exceptions like one operator in India that launched with an LTE-only VoLTE network a few years ago. But apart from a few, that is the status … Continue reading Verizon: The End Of Circuit Switching – The End Of An Era
Happy New Year 2020 to all of you! It’s the time of the year again when it makes sense to take a look back at the last 12 months of 2019 to see which tech things and events ‘have moved me’ during the course of the year. Like in the previous years, it is once … Continue reading Things That Moved Me in 2019
Back in the ‘good old days’, things were simple on the LTE air interface. It served one purpose and one purpose only: Fast Internet connectivity. This allowed to keep most things about the air interface static. The 5G NR interface on the other hand tries to keep all options open for the future and the … Continue reading What Are 5G Bandwidth Parts?
When I’m looking into the specs to get some details on basic LTE features, I tend to look at ‘old’ 3GPP specification documents as more often than not, things are much easier to find there than in the latest and greatest versions of the same document. Here’s an interesting example: 3GPP 36.133 on LTE Radio … Continue reading 3GPP Specification Bloat