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Difference Between LoRaWAN and NB-IoT for Tracking Application

COMPARISON

LoRaWAN

NB-IoT

Modulation

Chirp spread spectrum modulation

Quadrature phase shift keying modulation

Frequency

"Unlicensed ISM bands
868MHz in Europe
915MHz in North America
470MHz in China"

Licensed LTE frequency Bands.

Bandwidth

125KHz, 250KHz and 500KHz

200KHz

Link Budge

165dBm

164dBm

Maximum message/day

Maximum Message it can send per day is unlimited.

Maximum Message it can send per day is unlimited.

Data Rate

300bps~21Kbps

158.5Kbps (UL), 127Kbps (DL)

Payload Length

11~242 bytes.

Max. 1600bytes, depending on the operator

Range

5 km in urban, 20 km in rural area.

1 km in urban, 10 km in rural area.

Interference Immunity

Very high

Low

Device Movement

Support

Not appropriate for moving devices

Authentication and Encryption

AES 128b

256-bit 3GPP encryption

Adaptive Data Rate

Adaptive Data Rate (ADR).

Does not support ADR

Gateway

"8 uplink and 1 downlink channels, 16 uplink and 2 downlink channels"

Not needed

SIM Card

Not needed

Yes

Network Capacity

The capacity can be expanded according to the needs. Please reach out to us for further information

Depending on the operators' network

On-Premise Deployment

Yes

No

Cloud Deployment

Yes

Yes

Battery Power Consumption

x

2x

Continous TX Deplay

4s

0s

Gateway Deployment

Need to deploy gateways

No need to deploy a gateway

SIM Card

No SIM card is needed

SIM card is needed

Network

Expandable network

Depends on the operator

Server Deployment

On-premise deployment

Cloud Server

Roadming

Hard

Worldwide roaming is possible

Battery Life

Long battery-life compared with NB-IoT

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