Deutsche Telekom, which is preparing the rollout of its 5G-ready LTE-M technology in 2019 with the accelerated development of LTE-M solutions, recently unveiled the finalists of the hubraum LTE-M Prototyping program at a summit in Vienna, Austria. The initiative was established by Deutsche Telekom’s in-house tech incubator hubraum in collaboration with its ICT services arm T-Systems. It builds on already successfully implemented prototyping programs for narrowband (NB) -IoT solutions.
Almost 150 start-ups and IoT-specialist companies from across Europe and the US submitted LTE-M-based proposals to the new program. 18 solution partners from 12 countries spanning various industries were hand-picked for further collaboration in prototyping LTE-M use cases. With Deutsche Telekom’s support, they have implemented LTE-M connectivity and tested the prototypes in either Krakow, Reutlingen, Berlin, Rotterdam or Vienna, where local LTE-M test networks are already available. The tests were conducted to validate the first LTE-M connections for their prototypes and to further explore commercial aspects.
According to Ingo Hofacker, Senior Vice President, IoT business at Deutsche Telekom, the summit is the highlight of the company’s prototyping activities and will provide most interesting insights into the business opportunities of LTE-M. The company concurrently working towards first LTE-M network launches in several of its European markets by mid-2019. These will enable its customers to develop and test their LTE-M-based devices and applications. LTE-M is an exciting 5G-ready technology and a natural extension of Deutsche Telekom’s Mobile IoT strategy. It completes the IoT market space as it offers a whole new set of possibilities where other technologies are limited.