The reason for this is the fact that lately we see a lot of IoT business development being done by the MNOs, thus availability of NB-IoT and/or LTE-M connectivity is becoming a common thing these days all over the world.
If you’re aiming a large scale IoT project or just some hobby IoT project, I believe that it would be a waste of time to do it all by yourself. The best practice would be to use all the available “kits” for things, connectivity, analytics, applications to get results as soon as possible and afterwards fine tune where needed.
GSMA made a very good list of NB-IoT and LTE-M development kits and I’m sharing just a short overview of the list:
NB-IoT shield with Arduino header
NB-IoT with Arduino Nano/STM32 Nucleo 32
IoT Starter kit
NB-IoT/B2B evaluation kit
NB-IoT B2B evaluation kit
NB-IoT B2B test modem
NB-IoT B2B test USB device
LTE-M Communications Expansion Board
Skywire M1 Development Kit
GSM Kit (add NB-IoT BC95 module)
UMTS<E Kit (add NB-IoT BC95 module)
NB-IoT Shield DeLuxe
STM32 kit P-L496G- CELL02
Evaluation Kit 2
NB-IoT DB Quectel BC95 module
C030-N211 NB-IoT Application board
EVK-N2 NB-IoT Evaluation Kit
EVK-R2 NB-IoT Evaluation Kit
As you may noticed, MNOs are reducing their monthly fees, opening tech hubs and with NB-IoT and CAT-M they have the right technology to catch up with LoRa and Sigfox players. So, I’d say they’ll be one of the key enablers of the IoT future – thus take a close look at the provided list.
Another good thing that GSMA offers is worth mentioning. You can also get your product on this list of development kits, you just need to fill out required information.
I’m planning to get some of the listed development kits and I’ll definitely share with you my fair judgement about these.
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