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Russian mobile operator MTS plans to launch a new tariff for business customers for the NB-IoT (Narrow Band IoT) standard, with connections starting on 24 December. The tariff will provide packages of 1 MB, 12 MB and 60 MB of traffic, with annual subscriptions starting at RUB 150. The service will include an IoT/M2M manager platform providing statistics from the active SIMs and remote devices.
Successful launches of the NB-IoT network have already taken place in 20 cities of Russia, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Kazan, Stavropol, Nevinnomyssk, Rostov-on-Don, Omsk, Tver, Almetyevsk, Arsk, Tomsk, Nizhny-Novgorod, Surgut, Vladivostok. Until the end of 2018, MTS will provide full NB-IoT coverage in all million-plus cities and in a number of large cities in Russia, as well as provide services for working with smart devices.
The emergence of the NB-IoT federal network will significantly reduce costs when implementing IoT solutions due to the advantages of the new technology over the existing standards for M2M such as increased network capacity, high radio sensitivity, long service life and low cost of radio modules. Users will be able to connect to the base station tens of thousands of devices capable of operating in difficult signal conditions for up to 10 years without recharging.