T-Mobile reveals plans for nationwide Narrowband-IoT network by 2018, also intros SyncUp Fleet

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T-Mobile has placed a major focus on the Internet of Things over the past year or so, and today the company is making some more IoT news.

T-Mobile says that it plans to have a nationwide Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) network — which will also support Cat-M, an IoT standard for voice support — in mid-2018. This NB-IoT network can be used to connect devices like those used in T-Mobile’s NB-IoT testing in Las Vegas earlier this year, which include flood and storm drainage sensors, smart city lighting, and sensors that can be placed on top of light poles to monitor temperature, humidity, and more.

The first NB-IoT modules are currently in testing in T-Mobile’s labs and come from Sierra Wireless, Telit, and u-blox. These modules will help connected device makers get their products online and available on T-Mo’s NB-IoT network.

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Sticking with the IoT theme, T-Mobile today introduced the SyncUp Fleet. Like the original SyncUp Drive, the SyncUp Fleet plugs into a vehicle’s OBDII port and can help to manage its fuel consumption, maintenance issues, and more.

The SyncUp Fleet enables managers to monitor their fleet of vehicles, including driver location, driver routes and idle times, and maintenance notifications. T-Mobile will launch the SyncUp Fleet this fall for $3 per month for 24 months on EIP and a $15 per month unlimited mobile data plan per vehicle.

Finally, T-Mobile today touched a bit on 5G. T-Mo reaffirmed its plans to begin deploying 5G in 2019 and added that it aims to have full nationwide 5G coverage by 2020.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • John Doe

    5G is having small towers in every city block using millimeter wave spectrum between 30 and 300 GHz in combination with their other spectrum. How are they going to do that in a year? And if they are doing something else than it’s not true 5G…at least not the high gigabit speed and low latency that I expected from 5G.

    • marque2

      4G still isn’t 4G. We are suppose to get at least 100mb/s for 4G. They defined the standard down when HSPA+ and LTE showed no signs of being able to implement the full specifications.

      • Robert Murphy

        Right now I am getting 15kbps download and .2kbps upload speeds on T-Mobiles “Unlimited 4g lte speeds”. I think they are trying to punish me for using 300gigs last month. Mostly off peak time though. But I swear once I use the 32gig cap they have after about a week of good service every month. They cut me off usually from about noon till midnight. I have called and complained so many times. It doesn’t do any good. I think I have complained so much they almost completely cut me off now. Really no joke 15kbps download. Not a typo. I pay with the phone “lease” $130/MO one line.

        • Sharti24

          Restart your phone and post a speedtest

        • marque2

          I am assuming you tried a factory reset on the phone? That’s a lo of data use. Does the phone go back up in speeds on your first cycle day?

      • Andrew Addison

        Sorry, 4G is still 4G. It is actual real 4G LTE/ 4G itself. you have it all wrong there Buddy.

        • marque2

          No there is no technology that truly supports the original 4g standards. Not even LTE. It has become nothing more than a marketing tool – especially when Apple decided to call 3g HSPA+ 4g.

          Anyway look it up on Wikipedia they have a good discussion of what it was supposed to be and what it has become. BTW LTE is not another name for 4g, however it may be possible to transmit the 4g standard using LTE.

        • Andrew Addison

          No you are wrong again. T-Mobile-MetroPCS has Real 4G LTE with real native call quality/coverage/network/services with actual LTE/4G. What are you talking about? You seem very lost, sleepy, more so an idiot to actually tell a lie about T-Mobile-MetroPCS not having an actual 4G LTE network. You are not telling the truth and only read certain sources that has fictional stories verses factual stories. T-Mobile-MetroPCS has the Largest Native coverage to tell you the truth. It is all 4G LTE. Yes certain areas has a little Dead Spots, the same going for other carriers. I must tell you the Truth, T-Mobile-MetroPCS has actual 4G that is actual 4G native. Go sit down and stop trying to hate on T-Mobile-MetroPCS.

        • marque2

          No it has LTE. Please read the 4g standard. LTE does not equal 4g. It is a mechamism that could eventually support 4g.

          But note the confusion is that 4g has become more a marketing term.than a standard.

        • Andrew Addison

          Again it is real 4G Real 4G Real 4G and Real 4G with T-Mobile-MetroPCS. T-Mobile-MetroPCS has Real 4G LTE with real native call quality/coverage/network/services with actual LTE/4G. What are you talking about? You seem very lost, sleepy, more so an idiot to actually tell a lie about T-Mobile-MetroPCS not having an actual 4G LTE network. You are not telling the truth and only read certain sources that has fictional stories verses factual stories. T-Mobile-MetroPCS has the Largest Native coverage to tell you the truth. It is all 4G LTE. Yes certain areas has a little Dead Spots, the same going for other carriers. I must tell you the Truth, T-Mobile-MetroPCS has actual 4G that is actual 4G native. Go sit down and stop trying to hate on T-Mobile-MetroPCS.

      • Sharti24

        1000mbps not 100

  • Robert Murphy

    Right now I am getting 15kbps download and .2kbps upload speeds on T-Mobiles “Unlimited 4g lte speeds”. I think they are trying to punish me for using 300gigs last month. Mostly off peak time though. But I swear once I use the 32gig cap they have after about a week of good service every month. They cut me off usually from about noon till midnight. I have called and complained so many times. It doesn’t do any good. I think I have complained so much they almost completely cut me off now. Really no joke 15kbps download. Not a typo. I pay with the phone “lease” $130/MO one line.

    • Sharti24

      Manually Switch your phone to 4g hspa

  • riverhorse

    I’ll hack my fridge firmware so that I can make calls with it.

  • Andrew Addison

    Not reading none of that. I speak facts and you speak fiction. lol lol lol Yoy are wrong again. T-Mobile-MetroPCS has Real 4G LTE with real native call quality/coverage/network/services with actual LTE/4G. What are you talking about? You seem very lost, sleepy, more so an idiot to actually tell a lie about T-Mobile-MetroPCS not having an actual 4G LTE network. You are not telling the truth and only read certain sources that has fictional stories verses factual stories. T-Mobile-MetroPCS has the Largest Native coverage to tell you the truth. It is all 4G LTE. Yes certain areas has a little Dead Spots, the same going for other carriers. I must tell you the Truth, T-Mobile-MetroPCS has actual 4G that is actual 4G native. Go sit down and stop trying to hate on T-Mobile-MetroPCS.

  • Andrew Addison

    Goodbye. T-Mobile-MetroPCS has actual 4G/LTE. next case please. Thank you.