LTE-M & NB-IoT
LTE-M and NB-IoT are technologies that connect IoT devices to the cellular network. Their low power consumption and data throughput enable batteries to last up to a decade, and they achieve long range by operating at lower frequencies than standard LTE. We support both technologies through our family of Skywire embedded modems from NimbeLink, an Airgain company.
Although both LTE-M and NB-IoT offer low-power cellular connectivity for IoT devices in remote or deep-indoor locations, there are key differences: LTE-M supports mobility, higher data rates, lower latency, and over-the-air firmware updating, while NB-IoT offers even lower power usage, lower cost and even better penetration due to its low operating frequency. LTE-M is ideal for applications requiring higher throughput and mobility, such as supply-chain tracking, while NB-IoT is best for meters, sensors, and other fixed assets that send small amounts of data at long intervals.