Lack of roaming agreements hinders NB-IoT adoption outside China

SMART ENERGY INTERNATIONAL | The uptake of Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) communications modules is largely concentrated in China and the lack of roaming agreements between network operators outside China is hindering the adoption of NB-IoT modules, according to research firm Berg Insight.

In China, the majority of NB-IoT deployments were made for smart water and gas meters. The utility sector is also driving deployments in Europe and North America.

Annual shipments of NB-IoT modules in Europe and North America reached close to 5 million units in 2019 whilst the shipments of LTE-M modules reached more than 6 million units.

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