T-Mobile completes Narrowband IoT tests, partners with Las Vegas for IoT projects


After opening T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas last year, T-Mo today announced that it’s making another move in that city.

T-Mobile is partnering with the City of Las Vegas to deploy Internet of Things (IoT) in the city. This comes following T-Mobile’s successful Narrowband IoT field tests on a live commercial network, something that T-Mobile says it’s the first carrier in North America to have done.

These Narrowband IoT tests, which were conducted in partnership with Qualcomm and Ericsson, were completed across multiple sites on T-Mobile’s LTE network in Las Vegas using 200Khz of AWS spectrum. Narrowband IoT is an evolution of LTE tech and uses small slices of dedicated spectrum.

T-Mobile says that it and the City of Las Vegas are trying out several IoT projects using Narrowband IoT. These include flood and storm drainage sensors to provide early warnings for Las Vegas residents, smart city lighting that’ll power LED lights, and sensors that’ll be placed atop smart city light poles and monitor temperature, humidity, and environmental gases.

T-Mo has been placing a focus on IoT over the past year or so by doing things like launching IoT Access packs and offering free 2G service to AT&T IoT customers. Now its utilizing its LTE network for Narrowband IoT in anticipation that IoT usage will grow in the coming years. This serves as another way for T-Mobile to grow beyond the standard smartphone business.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • JBLmobileG1

    If only they would release high speed broadband in some way to cause Cox Cable to lower their prices and put a stop to their newly created data caps in the Las Vegas area. Heck… what am I saying… I would sign up for home internet through Tmobile and drop cox cable in a heartbeat.

    • Sharti24

      Sign up for their unlimited high speed data hotspot add on for $25

      • JBLmobileG1

        While Unlimited data… I am sure it would get throttled after so many GBs. It’s not meant to replace home internet but it would be cool if Tmobile had a plan that could.

        • Andrew Addison

          It was actually meant to replace home internet on the go, due to us all not having reliable wifi or home internet access sometimes. Mobile Internet is a must and it replacing home internet, is the reason why they call it mobile internet for a reason, due to mobile devices being made for internet and mobile devices only being meant for mobile internet use verses home internet use. You see the difference?? Home Internet/wifi do have data caps at certain limits too, even though they claim Truly Unlimited Data Home access.

        • Trevnerdio

          The unlimited plus only gives you 10 gigs of LTE. Idk about you, but I wouldn’t want my remaining 190 gigs that month to be used at 3G…

  • Paying for naming rights is a little bit different than opening a new events arena.