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We’ve already been writing about Arduino development boards, but now I’d focus on development boards that do offer NB-IoT and LTE-M connectivity.

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:

Vendor

Product

Detail info

akorIoT

NB-IoT shield with Arduino header

link

akorIoT

NB-IoT with Arduino Nano/STM32 Nucleo 32

link

AT&T

IoT Starter kit

link

Exelonix

NB|DEV KIT

link

Exelonix

NB|DEV KIT

link

Huawei

NB-IoT/B2B evaluation kit

link/link

Lierda

NB-IoT B2B evaluation kit

link

Lierda

NB-IoT B2B test modem

link

Lierda

NB-IoT B2B test USB device

link

linkLabs

LTE-M Communications Expansion Board

link

Nimbelink

Skywire M1 Development Kit

link

pycom

FiPy

link

pycom

GPy

link

Quectel

GSM Kit (add NB-IoT BC95 module)

link

Quectel

UMTS&LTE Kit (add NB-IoT BC95 module)

link

Sierra Wireless

mangOH Green

link

Sierra Wireless

mangOH Red

link

SODAQ

NB-IoT Shield DeLuxe

link

SODAQ

SARA N211

link

STMicroelectronics

STM32 kit P-L496G- CELL02

link

Telit

Evaluation Kit 2

link

Terabits Technology

NB-IoT DB Quectel BC95 module

link

u-blox

C030-N211 NB-IoT Application board

link

u-blox

EVK-N2 NB-IoT Evaluation Kit

link

u-blox

EVK-R2 NB-IoT Evaluation Kit

link

ZTEWelink

GE2015

link

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. If you already have some experience with the listed kits or some project to share, please write to ivan@simpleiot.eu.

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