NB-IoT Technology Overview and Experience from Cloud-RAN Implementation

Yihenew Dagne Beyene, Riku Jantti, Olav Tirkkonen, Kalle Ruttik, Sassan Iraji, Anna Larmo, Tuomas Tirronen, Johan Torsner

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The 3GPP has introduced a new narrowband radio technology called narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) in Release 13. NB-IoT was designed to support very low power consumption and low-cost devices in extreme coverage conditions. NB-IoT operates in very small bandwidth and will provide connectivity to a large number of low-data-rate devices. This article highlights some of the key features introduced in NB-IoT and presents performance results from real-life experiments. The experiments were carried out using an early-standard-compliant prototype based on a software defined radio partial implementation of NB-IoT that runs on a desktop computer connected to the network. It is found that a cloud radio access network is a good candidate for NB-IoT implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7955908
Pages (from-to)26-32
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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