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 (sometimes more), and they achieve long range by operating at lower frequencies than standard LTE. We support both leading technologies through our family of NimbeLink embedded modems from our Airgain Embedded product line.

What’s The Difference Between LTE-M and NB-IoT?

Although both LTE-M (Long Term Evolution Machine Type Communication) and NB-IoT (NarrowBand – Internet of Things) 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 of operation and even better obstacle penetration due to its low operating frequency.

LTE-M is ideal for applications requiring higher throughput (more data) 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.

LTE-M & NB-IoT Differences

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