Digital Hungary: Outdoor IoT coverage at 60%

Budapest, November 27, 2018 - Magyar Telekom and T-Systems Hungary have reached a major milestone in the development process of the digital economy: today, the new narrowband IoT network function, to be used for machine-to-machine communication, is available across more than sixty percent of the total area of the country. This allows for the communication among a large number of smart meters at home, agricultural vehicles and industrial equipment, machines, control devices in the public domain and even certain healthcare instruments. On November 27, 2018 T-Systems announced a new phase in the development of this network function, established more than a year ago in Budapest.

NB-IoT (Narrow-Band–Internet of Things) shall bring a fundamental change in the economy by allowing managers to make their most important decisions, relying on automated systems, based on accurate data.  This coverage means that the digitization of the Hungarian economy has reached a new level, creating new opportunities. It will allow for cheap and uninterrupted communication of machines, vehicles, devices, sensors of hundreds of business ventures, generating information for all of us. The digital applications, well established within the manufacturing industry or the logistics and agricultural sector, will be able to communicate over the IoT network more economically, hence this new technology will support innovation, efficient decision making and more financially viable operation on a daily basis.

The technology, known as NB-IoT, ensures excellent indoor penetration, low costs and energy consumption, which is in line with a number of requirements from the industrial, public and residential IoT sectors. The close to 60% outdoor coverage capability of the network provides greater reliability and indoor coverage.

This important network extension milestone was announced by Dr. László Palkovics, Minister for innovation and technology, Tibor Rékasi , CEO of Magyar Telekom, Zoltán Kaszás, CEO of T-Systems Hungary and Srini Gopalan, member of the Deutsche Telekom Board, at the 2018 T-Systems Symposium.

In order to realize and later introduce, roll-out solutions built upon this new, narrowband, machine-to-machine communication support network, T-Systems launched an industry partnership- and develpment program in 2018. The developers and future users/partners, who join the NB-IoT program, have access to a shared knowledge base, but upon request, T-Systems provides customized support as well. Within the framework of the program, the partners have the opportunity to try out and optimize their solutions, as part of a testing effort, across the whole available NB-IoT network.

Technical details:

Narrow-Band–Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is a new type, LTE based technology, standardized specifically for mobile networks. NB-IoT as a data transmission solution, belongs to the LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) technology, developed specifically for machine-to-machine communication, with low bandwidth, between 600b/s - 250 kB/s. In accordance with the 3GPP standard, its availability is high and the tehnology is future proof, i.e. the constructed system can become a part of the currently standardized 5G networks. The construction of the network was realized as one of the first phases of Deutsche Telekom’s NB-IoT network development activities on Central-Eastern European level.

In the future, residential customers will also be able to use the network, for communication among their household meters, alarm systems and other smart devices.

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