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Vodafone launches NB-IoT network in Ukraine

Steve Rogerson
January 30, 2020



Vodafone has launched a commercial NB-IoT network in the Ukraine.
 
The deployment of NB-IoT technology is LTE-based, which means a high standard of security for users and partners with SIM-based encryption and authentication not available in technologies such as LoRaWan.
 
Devices connected to the NB-IoT network will be able to communicate with each other at a dedicated 1800MHz frequency. A feature of the standard is the high permeability of the signal, which makes it possible to connect to the network even in inaccessible places, such as in basements or elevator shafts.
 
Another feature of the Vodafone NB-IoT network is the support for power saving mode, DRX and eDRX. These modes provide low power consumption and this increases the life of the devices to up to ten years, which can be critical for battery-operated devices.
 
For clients who will connect to the network in the first four months of its operation, Vodafone has a special offer – the cost of the annual tariff for connection from January to May 2020 will be UAH20. The packet includes the date of the traffic required to transmit information from the device. For those who want to connect to the network after May, the annual cost for connecting the device to the NB-IoT network will be UAH200.
 
IoT is one of the priority areas for Vodafone, the development of which has become possible in Ukraine with the launch of 4G in July 2018. To launch IoT services, Vodafone has specifically deployed its NB-IoT network based on its own 4G network, which is available to about 20 million Ukrainians. The technology was GSMA certified and standardised in July 2016 and launched by Vodafone in several countries.