Mr. Luke Ibbetson
Head of Strategy and R&D Technology, Vodafone Group
♦ IoT is one of Vodafone’s fastest growing business segments and it has been for the last few years.
♦ Vodafone has selected NB-IoT as its strategic LPWA technology
♦ Vodafone will deploy NB-IoT capability across multiple markets during 2017
• Over 85% of its LTE 800 network infrastructure supports software upgrade to NB-IoT, allowing Vodafone to start to rapidly plan for the launch capabilities as soon as next year.
♦ Vodafone’s 2020 goals: all 4G sites with NB-IoT
♦ The mobile industry has united behind NB-IoT as the strategic solution for LPWA
♦ Trials have verified NB-IoT’s capability to offer GSM+20dB coverage and full standard, ‘In Band’ deployment will deliver this coverage