Twilio Narrowband: The First Developer Platform for NB-IoT
Mobile networks have historically followed consumer handset demand: priority has been put on high download speeds and low latency above all else. For a small subset of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) use cases, this also made sense. For the majority of today's M2M use cases, 2G, 3G and LTE were 'good enough'. But for an even larger set of potential use cases, these technologies were too expensive or power-hungry to justify connectivity at all.
Narrowband, or NB-IoT, was designed for the majority of IoT devices don't need a lot of bandwidth, or are insensitive to latency. NB-IoT is optimized for smaller data packets, such as timestamps, GPS coordinates and status updates for a variety of industries, from smart metering to health device monitoring. With the advent of NB-IoT, devices will consume a fraction of the battery power they do with traditional cellular M2M devices, at a fraction of the cost. With the ...