Vodafone Australia has announced the successful trial of pre-standard Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT), a 4G technology which it claims will support the Internet of Things (IoT) ‘by making it more efficient to connect products to the internet’.
In a press release confirming the development, the operator revealed that it had carried out wireless network access trials in the latter part of last month with partner Huawei at several live sites across central and suburban Melbourne. Looking ahead, Vodafone has said that further trials will carried out ‘in coming months across Australia’.
Commenting on the technology pilot, Vodafone Australia’s chief technology officer Benoit Hanssen was cited as saying: ‘We’ve been able to achieve significantly greater coverage both in terms of distance and depth, compared to those offered by existing 2G, 3G and 4G technology … Based on our testing in the Melbourne CBD, NB-IoT would be able to penetrate two to three double-brick walls, enabling connectivity of objects in underground carparks and basements. We also achieved extended coverage during tests in suburban Melbourne, with distances of up to 30km.’