LTE-M and NB-IoT are technologies that connect IoT devices to the cellular network. Their low power consumption and data throughput enable batteries to last up to a decade (and sometimes more). They can achieve long range by operating at lower frequencies than standard LTE.
Airgain supports both leading technologies through our family of NimbeLink embedded modems from our Airgain Embedded product line.
Although both LTE-M (Long Term Evolution Machine Type Communication) and NB-IoT (NarrowBand – Internet of Things) offer low-power cellular connectivity for IoT devices in remote or deep-indoor locations, there are key differences:
Further, LTE-M is ideal for applications requiring higher throughput (more data) and mobility, such as supply-chain tracking, while NB-IoT is best for meters, sensors, and other fixed assets that send small bits of data at long intervals.