GSM operators promise an Internet of Things revolution with NB-IoT communications

Street lighting control is a key focus and inteliLIGHT®, as an LPWA street lighting control technology leader, already started developing the first NB-IoT compatible controller

Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT) is a narrow-band radio technology specially designed for the Internet of Things (IoT). It connects devices more simply and efficiently on already established mobile networks, and handles small amounts of infrequent 2‑way data, securely and reliably. Special focus of this standard is on very low power consumption, excellent penetration coverage and lower component costs, deployed in GSM and LTE regulated frequencies.

Applications of this technology include smart metering, smart cities, building automation and other industry or consumer driven application. Its special characteristics provide ubiquitous network coverage, as this is a key issue in many IoT rollouts (smart meters, for example, have a very strong tendency to turn up in difficult locations, such as in cellars, deep underground or in remote rural areas).

Due to its previous experience with LPWAN streetlight control, Flashnet was one of the companies chosen by Deutsche Telekom in order to facilitate the development of NB-IoT applications. Through their hub:raum business incubator, DT invited Flashnet to develop the first NB-IoT compatible streetlight control solution. The development process began in the mid-2016 and the first functional controllers are expected to be released by the end of the year. The new NB-IoT hardware will be integrated along with PLC and LoRaWAN into inteliLIGHT®, Flashnet’s already proven CMS.

Large telecommunications companies like Vodafone and Huawei have already begun local experiments and testing of the new technology, without any public rollouts yet. It is expected that NB-IoT will be the first IoT communications option for most GSM operators worldwide.

About Deutsche Telekom:

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies, with some 156 million mobile customers, 29 million fixed-network lines, and more than 18 million broadband lines. It provides products and services for consumers, and information and communication technology (ICT) solutions for business and corporate customers in more than 50 countries.  (

About inteliLIGHT®

inteliLIGHT® is a reliable remote street lighting management solution developed by Flashnet. It ensures that the right amount of light is provided where and when needed, encouraging better resources management and sustainability. By upgrading your existing street lighting infrastructure, you not only save money and improve efficiency, but also transform the existing distribution level network into an intelligent infrastructure for the future. (www.

About Flashnet:

FLASHNET is a fast paced tech company that integrates the latest IT, energy and telecommunications technologies into hardware and software solutions, creating and implementing intelligent systems for smarter cities and better infrastructure. Founded in 2005, FLASHNET is a leader in intelligent utility management systems, with worldwide operations. (