Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT)

NB-IoT applications and advantages


ASTRI provides highly integrated NB-IoT solution including RF transceiver, baseband and System-on-Chip for terminals and sensor nodes.


NB-IoT is a new global standard based on public and spectrum-licensed mobile operators’ networks. It is a wide area wireless technology which enables ubiquitous connections. Anything can be connected to the network from anywhere, regardless of its distance.


NB-IoT is a part of the global 3GPP Release 13 standard published in June 2016 optimized for Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) applications with the following advantages:

  • Low Power → Battery life up to 10 years
  • Low Cost → Cheap enough to be deployed in mass-scale
  • Enhanced Coverage → Covers highly shadowed environments
  • Massive Deployment → Billions of connections


NB-IoT supports a wide variety of applications across many different industries such as:

  • Smart Cities: Streetlights, parking, connected cars, waste management
  • Smart Metering: Water metering, gas metering, electrical metering
  • Smart Building: Alarm system, access control, HVAC control
  • Environmental Monitoring: Pollution monitoring
  • Intelligent Manufacturing: Industrial control, supply chain orchestration
  • Consumer Electronics: Wearable electronics, tracking goods, white goods