Rogers investing in NB-IoT to unlock the future of IoT in Canada

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Rogers to light up NB-IoT network technology beginning in Ontario in 2019, builds on Rogers LTE-M network technology launched in 2018. New IoT technologies are strategic step in Rogers multi-year technology plan to bring 5G to Canadians.

Rogers has announced its plan to launch Narrow-Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT), a network technology that allows stationary IoT devices and sensors to send and receive small amounts of data over long distances, with very low power requirements. This new technology is best used for Asset Monitoring, Industrial Automation, Smart Meters and Smart Cities.

“This is another first for Rogers in our long history of innovation in IoT. We are thrilled to commit to launching NB-IoT for our customers,” said Dean Prevost, President, Rogers for Business. “With the launch of NB-IoT, we are complementing our national LTE-M network, providing choice to our customers, and empowering innovation by enabling reliable, low power, low cost, and secure IoT solutions.”

NB-IoT is complementary to Rogers national LTE and LTE-M networks, which are available to IoT customers across Canada, with additional sites continuously being added, starting with Ontario. In addition, NB-IoT will also enable consumer IoT applications such as personal SOS devices and trackers.

Rogers recent investments in spectrum, national wireless network, and IoT are setting the table for 5G with the right infrastructure, partners and investments, to put Canada in the lead. Rogers is offering two choices to customers for low power, wide area networks, making innovative IoT solutions more accessible for Canadian businesses, to help them save money and time. Leveraging Ericsson equipment, these two network technologies will play a vital role in Rogers 5G network rollout.

Rogers continues to expand its portfolio of IoT solutions to meet the needs of Canadian businesses and municipalities. IoT solution providers who are interested in working with Rogers are invited to contact us here.

“With 81% of medium and large-sized businesses having adopted IoT solutions as of 2018, it is clear that IoT has become integral to the workflow of a majority of Canadian organizations. Business leaders are becoming more and more sophisticated about their connectivity requirements for each IoT deployment,” said Nigel Wallis, Vice President, Internet of Things Research at IDC Canada. “Low-power wide area networks enable businesses to rethink their traditional practices by connecting assets and processes that may previously have been physically or financially challenging. This opens the door to making better decisions faster with more accurate data, a critical step to competing in today’s market.”

NB- IoT: offers ultra narrow bandwidth, 200 kHz and data rates at around 200 / 250 Kbps, without Voice / Mobility Support. This network technology is ideal for IoT devices that generate and receive small amounts of data, have low power requirements and/or have a long life cycle, such as Stationary Asset Monitoring, Industrial Automation, Smart Meters, in-building and Smart City applications.

LTE-M: offers 1.4 MHz bandwidth with data rates up to 1 Mbps, alongside Voice / Mobility Support. This network technology is ideal for IoT devices that are not stationary, for use cases such as Mobile Asset Tracking, Home Security, Telematics, Wearables and Tags.