Connectivity

Deutsche Telekom: Best Choice in Connectivity for Any M2M Application

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Deutsche Telekom’s networks offer customers around the world connectivity with outstanding quality and the latest technologies for secure M2M connection of their devices on the Internet of Things.

As the costs of mobile data communication and M2M sensors decrease, the number of connected devices worldwide increases. The enormous number of resulting connections will require extensive, powerful, and smart networks with a high level of failure safety and transmission security. 

Global footprint and single-source solutions

Deutsche Telekom can offer its customers network services globally with its footprint in Europe and the U.S., its cooperation with other globally active mobile network operators and its membership of international alliances. As an integrated telecommunications provider with many years’ experience of the M2M business Deutsche Telekom also offers customers matching components for their M2M application from a single source – from hardware and SIM cards to global connectivity services and support.

Continuous network expansion for customers   

Be it mobile or fixed-line networks or Narrowband IoT, Deutsche Telekom has the right technology to serve customers’ needs. Nearly 160 million mobile customers around the world rely on the Telekom network, which is undergoing constant expansion due to the growing data hunger of the Internet of Things. In Germany alone, Telekom invested more than EUR 23 billion in the expansion of its mobile network between 2010 and 2015.

Deutsche Telekom is already a leader in the 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile networks. By 2017 it aims to offer its customers in Europe a fast LTE service with at least 50 percent network coverage. In the next stage, LTE Advanced, speeds of up to 300 Mbit/s will be possible. On its Digital Motorway Test Bed Deutsche Telekom has already demonstrated real-time LTE communication between vehicles by means of Mobile Edge Computing (MEC). And it leads the way not only in expansion but also in research into new technologies.

5G for M2M – High speeds and short response times

5G, the successor to LTE that will play an important role in future M2M applications, is already on the starting blocks. 5G promises to deliver, in addition to gigabit speeds, a latency of less than a millisecond, which is mainly of relevance for critical M2M applications such as in healthcare, traffic guidance systems or, in the future, in autonomous driving. 

In 2015, Deutsche Telekom laid the foundations for its 5G:haus innovation laboratory. Together with partners like Stanford University, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, the Fraunhofer Society, and leading mobile industry companies such as Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, and Huawei, the 5G:haus lab is where the architecture of a future 5G network and a uniform standard will be developed. Deutsche Telekom is also playing an important role in the 5G Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP), an EU initiative that is intended to strengthen Europe’s position in developing the standard.

NB-IoT for M2M – Low energy consumption, wide coverage

Deutsche Telekom also has its eye on the latest developments in M2M connection options other than classical GSM mobile data transmission. The Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is a new standardized cellular technology that runs on existing operator networks and is optimized to enable the Internet of Things. It will be used in the years ahead wherever current transmission channels such as traditional mobile GSM networks, LAN/WLAN or Bluetooth are ineffective or too expensive. 

With its unique capabilities, NB-IoT allows for a large number of low cost, low power devices with wide area coverage and deep indoor penetration. In the future, the Narrowband Internet of Things will cover numerous applications such as containers, tanks, street lighting, water meters, pallets, pipelines and even livestock. Deutsche Telekom is a leader in developing and standardizing NB-IoT, thereby ensuring that customers will always find the right technology for their M2M applications in the Deutsche Telekom portfolio.

Tags: Connectivity , Footprint , 5G , NB-IoT / LPWA , e-Sim