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NB-IoT knowledge

Unfortunately, it is a regular occurrence that people in marketing departments without technical expertise constantly recycle the same rumours and “news” about NB-IoT. Most of these “professionals” have never been inside a technical university and probably did not pass a basic course in physics at elementary school. These same people probably did not choose the basic course Electronic Data Processing and think of Excel as a program with rectangular boxes. It would never occur to them that you can embed complex program instructions in a spreadsheet. Worse still are the people with a combination of economics and electronics or those who abandoned the study of electronics. They know a little but mostly nothing about NB-IoT.  At the upper end of the scale are those who badmouth NB-IoT but have never had a NB-IoT module in their hands. They think they are always right and bang on in their ignorance, using sentences prefaced by statements like “NB-IoT will never …”

Dear half-knowledgeable, dear marketing teams, dear speakers using sentences “NB-IoT will never …”

Unfortunately I have to disappoint you all. The 3GPP has a lot of members and many smart engineers. On top of that, the members of the 3GPP have enough money in their pockets to successfully implement NB-IoT as well.  19 of the world’s 20 largest economies rely on NB-IoT and have a roll-out plan for indoor coverage. In Germany, the NB-IoT network will be ready by the end of 2018 and the second country will follow in 2019. The other countries will follow but I won’t name them all so that this post is not too long.
Dear half-knowledgeable, dear marketing teams, dear speakers using sentences “NB-IoT will never …” it does not make any sense to insult, discriminate or even threaten the little author of the IoT / M2M Cookbook. I will continue to highlight the technical background and facts. The facts in my short articles are only part of my research for my next IoT / M2M Cookbook focusing on LPWAN.

“He who is without sin among you, cast the first stone.” – “qui est primus lapis sine culpa eius rei”, John 8: 7

Now I’m not perfect and without mistakes and in addition to errors in translation comes there are the unhelpful auto correction of my smartphone.
Dear half-knowledgeable, dear marketing teams, dear speakers using sentences “NB-IoT will never …” send me a polite note and I will happily amend the odd incorrect dot and comma, but don’t feel that you have to trample on a little author, it’s not necessary or professional.

Dear half-knowledgeable, dear marketing teams, dear speakers using sentences “NB-IoT will never …” please be so kind and quote me correctly. If you make a mistake (mistakes can happen) then please be so kind and follow my request to change the dot, comma, word or the whole sentence so that you are attributing me accurately and not distorting my words, because I would do the same for you, this is not just professional courtesy but it is a standard practice for any ethical writer and you should know this.

Dear half-knowledgeable, dear marketing teams, dear speakers using sentences “NB-IoT will never …” please be so kind and as your partners in affiliate programs not to constantly recycle the same inaccuracies and rumours and “news” about NB-IoT, you are damaging your own reputation and brand if you do not. As soon as I get something wrong in LinkedIn I get a third-party email with the request of the correction. That does not bother me much and I am happy to do it.

Dear half-knowledgeable, dear marketing teams, dear speakers using sentences “NB-IoT will never …” I get next to your messages also a lot of nice e-mails with gratitude for the free work and advice that I offer based on my extensive industry experience.  The world is not just troublemakers and stirrers, winners are the ones putting out honest messages around a technology, service or a product. If you mislead the user you will be found out, you will lose your credibility, damage your brand and your customers will look elsewhere.

Dear half-knowledgeable, dear marketing teams, dear speakers using sentences “NB-IoT will never …” I am not only an author; I am also the sales director of a special distributor in wireless communication and have the freedom to select from all LPWAN technologies, products and services. I am also the proposer of akorIoT, an open development environment for LPWAN for which I have selected NB-IoT and my partners are implementing the idea. The akorIoT team has worldwide support and akorIoT will be migrated to one of the LPWAN standards in the unlicensed band. And once that’s done I like to report on what sells better – NB-IoT or LPWAN in the unlicensed band.

I hope my sentences were thought provoking. Send me a nice grammatical correction and I’ll change a dot or comma, but just stop annoying the little author. See you soon at the next LPWAN Seminar, NB-IoT Workshop, Wireless Congress or Trade Fair.
Please send your wishes by email to harald.naumann (at) lte-modem.de

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