Last week, telecommunications giant Rogers announced that it would bring Narrow-Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology to Canada. The corporation explained it would be rolling out low-power, wide range connectivity service starting in Ontario later this year. In concert with its high-speed LTE-M network, the firm intends to provide Canadian business owners with the resources necessary to modernize their logistics operations.
The Power of NB-IoT
In a press release, Rogers stated that it’s introducing NB-IoT to the Great White North to take advantage of an existing market. The telecom noted that 83 percent of medium and large size Canadian businesses currently utilize IOT technology. However, the company asserted most of those companies are using outdated 2G technology in their operations.
With the implementation of LTE-M powered NB-IoT, Canadian organizations can utilize a broader range of stationary and mobile connected devices. For instance, companies can utilize the technology to track their assets throughout their supply chain via small IoT tags. Firms can also use high-speed IoT to increase the efficiency of their manufacturing activity. Additionally, corporations that employ lone workers in remote locations can now outfit their staffers with wearable SOS locator beacons.
Furthermore, the multifaceted nature of online-enabled devices and systems allows for their use across different sectors of industry.
Municipal Applications of NB-IoT
Rogers also intends for its new LTE-M NB-IoT service to be utilized by various Canadian municipalities. The corporation’s press release highlighted the technologies facility to enable the use of power grid optimizing smart meters.
The firm also hinted at long-term plans for its high-speed machine-grade network by mentioning its smart city compatibility. In addition to rolling out NB-IoT service in 2019, Rogers also has plans to bring 5G to Canada in the near future. Last April, the telecom announced a partnership with electronics maker Ericsson for a multiyear 5G network initiative. The two corporations are currently testing their wireless broadband service in Toronto and Ottawa.
With its thoughtful infrastructural investments, Rogers has ensured Canada’s public and private sectors can be competitive in the global marketplace for years to come.