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NB-IoT and LTE-M Will Be the Backbone Communication Network for IoT in UAE

The IoT (Internet of things) is transforming and redefining all industries and markets. According to HIS (Information Handling Services), the IoT market is expected to grow to billions of connected devices over the years. These devices need Low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) for data communication. In UAE (United Arab Emirates), the NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT) and LTE-M (Long Term Evolution Category M1) is gaining popularity as these networks are already provisioned by the telecom providers.

Today, LPWAN has cellular (licensed band) and non-cellular (unlicensed) technologies. Under the cellular category we have NB-IoT and LTE-M and in unlicensed, the popular categories are LoRa (Long Range) and SigFox (IoT Technology company and it uses the SigFox protocol). LoRa and SigFox need communication gateway which aggregate IoT sensor data to the IoT platform through their own private networks.

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