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South Korean government finalized amended NB-IoT standards aiming to launch the world's first, commercial NB-IoT network in June
04/24/2017 | By Netmanias (tech@netmanias.com)

 

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP), a South Korean government authority, announced the finalized technological standards for Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) commercialization on March 31th.

 

KT and LG U+ plan to begin deployment of an NB-IoT network and launch a trial service starting from April, with an aim to launch commercial services in June. South Korea will become the first nation with a nationwide NB-IoT network in the world if everything goes as planned.

 

SK Telecom deployed a LoRa-based IoT nationwide network in June 2016. Now, all South Korean big 3 network operators will have their own Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) IoT network soon.

 

NB-IoT technology, one of the LPWA IoT technologies that utilize LTE frequency, is known to be ideal for transmission of low-volume data that requires infrequent delivery. This technology can be most commonly used in metering, tracking and sensing, and does not require batter replacement for years thanks to its ultra-low power consumption.

 

KT and LG U+ will offer the following services using the new NB-IoT network:

  • Metering/measurement (water, gas, electricity, air and water quality, etc.)
  • Location tracking (senior citizens and pets, anti-theft solution for bikes)  
  • Sensing (fire, gas leakage, toxic substance, cracking)
  • Controlling (building and home automation, maintaining facilities at theme parks) 

 

IoT is expected to bring a great ripple effect throughout the entire economy of the nation, creating KRW13.183 trillion of added value and 427,991 jobs by 2020.

Junaid 2017-04-25 15:20:22

The title seems misleading, the article doesnt talk about amended NB-IoT standard by Korean Govt. If the govt. does amend the standard, it will kill the 3GPP technology for Korea at least.

Juan.nogueira.nine@ googlemail.com 2017-04-26 23:25:47

Which NB_IoT type will be this network supporting: in-band, guard band or stand alone?

Adeel (Sigma Connectivity AB) via Linked 2017-04-27 10:15:39

Good news. It will be good to know which network vendors and user equipment manufacturers will take the lead in launching this network.

Juan (ARUS) via LinkedIn 2017-04-28 08:34:45

What about QoS and SLAs that the operators must offer? Are they prepared in other regions?

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