Rogers announces plans to launch NB-IoT network in Canada

Canadian telecoms operator Rogers announced plans to launch narrow-band internet of things (NB-IoT) technology in the country, the carrier said in a release.

The company emphasized that NB-IoT is complementary to Rogers national LTE and LTE-M networks, which are available to IoT customers across Canada, with additional sites continuously being added, starting with Ontario.

In addition, NB-IoT will also enable consumer IoT applications such as personal SOS devices and trackers, the telco said.

According to data provided by research firm IDC Canada, 81% of medium and large-sized Canadian organizations are currently using IoT solutions.

“Business leaders are becoming more and more sophisticated about their connectivity requirements for each IoT deployment,” said Nigel Wallis, vice president of internet of things research at IDC Canada. “Low-power wide area networks enable businesses to rethink their traditional practices by connecting assets and processes that may previously have been physically or financially challenging. This opens the door to making better decisions faster with more accurate data, a critical step to competing in today’s market.”