Much better coverage than GSM
Our IoT network enables communication of small amounts of data over large distances. Compared to GSM (2G, 3G and 4G) NB-IoT provides 10x better coverage. There is also coverage in places that are difficult to reach, such as (in some cases even) underground.
This good coverage is achieved by a high power density, because radio transmissions are concentrated in a narrow bandwidth of only 180 kHz. The Coverage Enhancement (CE) functionality also offers the possibility to repeat the transmission of a message if necessary. This is at the expense of a lower data rate and can have an effect on battery life. There are 3 different CE levels defined. CE level 0 is equal to the GSM coverage. CE level 1 is up to 10 dB higher gain and EC level 2 is up to 20 dB higher gain compared to GSM.
Best network in the Netherlands
Our network is our right to exist. For years we have had the best tested 4G network in the Netherlands. We are also the first with a nationwide IoT network that uses NB-IoT.
With more than 13,000 antennas, each of which can connect to more than 10,000 devices, we can offer you the best covering NB-IoT network in the Netherlands. In the past we only had 1800 MHz at our disposal, so for good coverage we had to install many more antennas than the operators, who also had 900 MHz at their disposal. Now we also have 900 MHz, which is also used by NB-IoT, and with the many extra antennas we have by far the highest coverage of all operators in The Netherlands. Of course, we are very proud of that. Because the coverage of NB-IoT is also many times better than GSM. NB-IoT even works in many places where your phone has no signal.
Each antenna can handle more than 10.000 connected devices. See the map to see the coverage and what the strength of the signal means for indoor, outdoor and in some cases even underground coverage.
NB-IoT is an international (3GPP) standard and developed in such a way that it can be used by any mobile operator worldwide. Within a few years an NB-IoT network will be active in most countries, so you are assured of a scalable application of your IoT solution.
There are already several initiatives running with different operators and different countries to enable roaming. This will initially be made possible for pilot testing as NB-IoT is not yet fully deployed in many countries. In parallel there are already talks with the GSMA and other operators to standardise the roaming arrangements. Our parent company has already tested positive with NB-IoT roaming between T-Mobile Austria and Vodafone Spain.