As Norwegian mobile network provider Telenor switches on its nationwide LTE-M/NB-IoT infrastructure at the largest smart city event in the Nordics, Nordic Semiconductor demonstrates seamless cellular IoT connectivity to the network with its nRF91 Series SiP
Nordic’s nRF91 Series SiP connected to Telenor’s Norway-wide cellular IoT network which was switched on for the first time at the Nordic Edge Expo, a three-day ‘smart city’ exhibition and conference held from September 25 to 27 in Stavanger. The new network is the first in Scandinavia to offer commercial support for LTE-M and NB-IoT, a crucial step in the progress of widespread deployment of cellular IoT as a low power wireless area network (LPWAN) technology. LPWANs will form a foundation for a mature Internet of Things (IoT).
“This demonstration is a major public step forward for Nordic’s cellular IoT technology,” says Peder Rand, Product Manager for Cellular IoT, Nordic Semiconductor. “The nRF91 Series has been extensively tested by Nordic and leading customers for months, but this is the first opportunity we’ve had to openly demonstrate the product communicating via a commercial network that supports both LTE-M and NB-IoT. LTE-M and NB-IoT support different use cases so it’s very important to support both standards. This demonstration of seamless connectivity using either standard is testament to the skill and experience of Nordic’s Finnish LTE and Norwegian low power wireless engineering teams.”
Rand adds: “Cellular IoT is poised to deploy all over the globe and to meet its full potential, connectivity must be simple, fast, secure, and robust. With this demonstration we’ve shown Nordic’s technology delivers just that. But we couldn’t have done this without the pioneering work of Telenor, an innovative network provider with a strong history of being at the forefront in cellular developments. With today’s switch-on of Telenor’s cellular IoT network across Norway, Telenor is demonstrating its technological leadership once again.”
“Telenor are delighted to have Nordic Semiconductor present at the nationwide switch-on of our cellular IoT network today,” comments Ove Fredheim, Head of the Business Market in Telenor Norway/CMO Business. “Telenor envisages a sharp ramp up over the coming years towards truly massive IoT based on the cellular technologies of NB-IoT and LTE-M. Nordic Semiconductor, who are another highly innovative Norwegian company, are demonstrating with us today with their globally compatible nRF91 Series devices for NB-IoT and LTE-M. These devices will enable the world’s innovators to build products that will make large scale IoT and smart cities a reality.”
Nordic’s nRF91 Series SiP is an ultra-compact, low power, global, multimode LTE-M/NB-IoT module with integrated Arm® Cortex™-M33 host processor, Arm TrustZone security and Assisted GPS. The SiP integrates a complete low power cellular IoT system into a tiny 10x16x1mm package that integrates modem, transceiver, RF front-end, dedicated application processor, Flash memory, power management, and crystal and passive components.
The nRF91 Series SiP supports global operation with a single SiP variant thanks to the combination of Nordic’s multimode LTE-M/NB-IoT modem, SAW-less transceiver, and a high-performance RF front-end solution from Qorvo.
By stripping out the development complexity, the teleregulatory- and cellular-certified, the drop-in Nordic nRF91 LTE-M/NB-IoT SiP aims to take cellular beyond conventional mobile devices by encouraging the innovation that will bring cellular connectivity to “everything else”.
Telenor is a leading mobile, broadband, and TV services provider with 172 million customers across Scandinavia and Asia. Telenor Norway operates the world’s fastest mobile network with download speeds of up to 72.05 MBps according to 2018 research from testing agency Ookla.
Nordic Edge Expo is three-day exhibition and conference showcasing new technological solutions that will make cities and communities smarter and greener. At the 2018 event the organizers expect 5000 visitors, 300 exhibitors, and 150 speakers, making the event the largest smart city event in the Nordics.
Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF91 Series SiP will be available in production volumes early in 2019.