Coverage and Deployment Analysis of Narrowband Internet of Things in the Wild

Konstantinos Kousias, Giuseppe Caso, Özgü Alay, Anna Brunstrom, Luca De Nardis, Maria-Gabriella Di Benedetto, Marco Neri

Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is gaining momentum as a promising technology for massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC) and cellular Internet of Things (IoT). Given that its deployment is rapidly progressing worldwide, measurement campaigns and performance analyses are increasingly needed to better understand the system and move toward its enhancement. With this aim, in this paper we present a large scale measurement campaign and empirical analysis of NB-IoT on operational networks, and disclose valuable insights in terms of deployment strategies and radio coverage performance. The reported results also serve as examples showing the potential usage of the collected dataset, which we make open-source along with a lightweight and easy-to-use data visualization platform.

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