Canada-based operator Rogers Communications has unveiled plans to roll out an narrowband-internet of things (NB-IoT) network across Canada to support IoT applications and use cases.
Rogers’ NB-IoT network will offer ultra-narrow bandwidth, 200 kHz and data rates between 200 kbps and 250 Kbps, without voice or mobility functions. It will support applications like asset monitoring and industrial automation, in addition to smart meter and smart city applications. The network can also support consumer IoT applications such as personal SOS devices and trackers.
Rogers plans to launch the NB-IoT network in Ontario this year, but did not provide a timeline for further deployments.
It will complement Rogers’ existing national LTE-M network as a connectivity solution for stationary, low-power, low-cost IoT assets transmitting small amounts of data over long distances. Its LTE-M network offers 1.4 MHz bandwidth with data rates up to 1 Mbps, and supports voice and mobility functions.
The operator launched in LTE-M network late last year, and plans to have the network fully deployed across Canada by 2020.
The rollout is part of Rogers’ wider 5G roadmap with technology vendor Ericsson. The operator has recently made new investments in spectrum and wireless networks in Canada to support its transition to 5G.