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IoT Deployments

Two standards for the Cellular Internet of Things (IoT) were introduced in 3GPP Release 13: LTE Category M1 (‘LTE Cat-M1’ also called ‘LTE-M’) and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT).  Both standard architectures are designed to reduce cost, improve range, and extend battery life of IoT devices. The following table describes the current number of IoT network deployments by world region.

For more information about LTE-M and NB-IoT.

Region NB-IoT LTE-M

Africa

2
0

Asia

18
7

Europe

39
10

Latin America

2
3

Middle East

7
1

Oceania

3
3

US & Canada

3
5

74

29

Data provided by TeleGeography & 5G Americas as of 10/18/2021

Note: Regions have been reclassified as of January 2021

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