Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Deutsche Telekom revises IoT tariffs across Europe

Steve Rogerson
August 22, 2019



Deutsche Telekom with technology partner 1NCE has revised its tariffs for IoT to include a full-service IoT starter rate. Users can order prepaid SIM cards with a single mouse click and the tariffs will apply across 28 European countries.
 
Connectivity comes from Deutsche Telekom with pre-activated SIM cards, and the package includes a service portal to manage the cards. It can be used in 28 countries of the European Union. Deutsche Telekom says it is the first company to also offer roaming on the NB-IoT networks of its national subsidiaries in Austria, Netherlands, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Greece.

Users can order the appropriate product via the web. They order the SIM cards they need in the respective rates and for the corresponding network. There is a choice of multi-format cards and fixed cards in the device. Payment can be made either in advance or by credit card, and the pre-activated SIM cards are delivered within three days.
 
They can be used immediately in sensors, trackers and other IoT devices. Smart city applications ranging from intelligent waste management to offering smart parking can thus be quickly implemented. The tracking of goods or vehicles in logistics is also simplified, and the tariffs allow the development of digital products for safety and health.
 
"In addition to special solutions for large corporations, the IoT mass market is becoming increasingly important," said Hagen Rickmann, business director for Telekom Deutschland. "With the Business Smart Connect tariffs, we are now also offering small and medium-sized companies the opportunity to push ahead with their digitisation.”
 
Users can keep an eye on their costs with one-time payments for all rates and periods of use. These range from 36 months (M2M Connect) to 50 months (LPWA Connect). There are three tariffs in each of the corresponding networks. For example, users pay €7.95 once for 6Mbyte in the S tariff. And 1000Mbyte including 250 SMS in tariff M costs €16.95 (M2M) once. Additional data volume can be re-ordered online day and night. To introduce this offer, 12,000 SIM cards will be offered at half price.
 
Customers have access to Deutsche Telekom's entire mobile communications network from 2G and LTE to the NB-IoT machine and sensor network. NB-IoT as part of 5G is characterised by lower costs, low power consumption, long battery life and deep building penetration. The appropriate IoT platform for managing the cards on the service portal comes from Deutsche Telekom’s technology partner 1NCE.