With the launch of NB-IoT and LTE-M in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Com4 will be able to offer seamless access to both the traditional 2G, 3G and 4G technologies and the new NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies in one and the same SIM card.
Stein André Larner, CEO of Com4, says many customers have been awaiting this launch.
– Several of Com4’s customers have already used the new NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies, but have been awaiting the opportunity to use the technologies throughout the region across national borders. LTE-M has been available in the area for a while, but it is only now that we can offer all the technologies seamlessly throughout the Nordic and Baltic countries, he says.
Tailored for battery-powered sensors
The complementary NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies, which will eventually replace 2G, are specially developed for IoT and battery-powered sensors that send and receive small amounts of data. NB-IoT is well suited for semi-stationary devices such as meters and sensors, while LTE-M is better at mobility of which the city bikes in Rogaland are a good example. LTE-M also has support for voice and slightly higher bandwidth. The costs for customers are also lower compared to 4G.
–NB-IoT and LTE-M provide better coverage. Which means that the technology is suitable for IoT devices that are, for example, in a cellar behind thick walls or down in utility holes. IoT devices that use NB-IoT and LTE-M can communicate for several years on battery power by going into sleep mode and only being active when needed, says Stein André Larner.
NB-IoT and LTE-M in Europe
– We already have LTE-M in place in large parts of Europe and in some countries outside of Europe. We will continue to launch NB-IoT and LTE-M in new countries throughout 2020 and in 2021. Com4 currently has global 2G, 3G and 4G service in more than 450 mobile networks around the world. The long-term goal is to be able to offer a seamless service that includes NB-IoT and LTE-M globally in one and the same SIM, concludes Stein André Larner.
For further information, please contact:
Stein Andre Larner, CEO of Com4
Phone: +47 47900777
Com4 is an international mobile (cellular) operator headquartered in Norway, with focus on IoT connectivity. The company was founded in 2011 and is one of few dedicated IoT operators with their own core network for production of mobile connectivity & services. Com4 offers a broad spectrum of products and services tailored to the professional market. In particular eUICC for subscription management, support for both NB-IoT & LTE-M radio technologies as well as traditional 2G/3G/4G, high availability and high security connectivity options, global coverage via coveted 901 ITU network code, advanced management portal and APIs.