PCTEL, Inc. (Nasdaq:PCTI), a provider of Performance Critical TELecom solutions, has announced the release of Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) testing capabilities on its IBflexÂ® scanning receivers, the company said.
NB-IoT is a Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology that operates on new and existing LTE mobile network infrastructure, including multi-mode small cells. Globally, mobile operators are rolling out NB-IoT networks, enabling Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. IBflex scanning receivers provide accurate baseline measurements that network operators can use to ensure NB-IoT network coverage and reliability.
Scanning receiver measurements are crucial for NB-IoT rollouts and post-deployment optimization. Mobile devices and other sources of LTE network data are poor predictors of NB-IoT network performance because NB-IoT is designed to satisfy different requirements than broadband LTE. Although NB-IoT networks may use existing LTE infrastructure, NB-IoT is a new air interface, providing enhanced coverage in exchange for lower data throughput rates. IBflex scanning receivers provide a reliable characterization of NB-IoT network performance through precise measurements of NB-IoT signals in all three operation modes (In-Band, Guard Band, and Stand Alone).
PCTEL, Inc. provides Performance Critical TELecom technology solutions. We are a global supplier of antennas and wireless network testing solutions.