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How NB-IoT bombed: An IoT tale of hubris and no-show – Urgent Comms
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How NB-IoT bombed: An IoT tale of hubris and no-show – Urgent Comms

“Waiting for NB-IoT” could be a new telecom-themed play in tribute to Samuel Beckett. It would feature a couple of world-weary executives reminiscing about their time in the industry as they await the arrival of NB-IoT. Like Godot in the Beckett original, the eponymous technology would be destined never to show up.

Flung together as hastily as a child’s sandcastle, NB-IoT is looking like a soggy old mess and an example of extreme hubris by a sometimes cocksure industry. In a ranking of hyped telecom technologies that eventually bombed, it must be one of the lead contenders for the top spot in the last 25 years. 3G, now being switched off worldwide, is probably the closest rival.

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