WESTLAKE, Texas, Feb. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Businesses and global brands can look forward to an expanded lineup of network offerings thanks to the collaboration between Verizon and Ericsson who today completed their first successful Narrowband IoT Guard band data session. The trials used the latest Massive Internet of Things Ericsson software on Verizon's 4G LTE network. Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is a technology providing scale, coverage and security for customers seeking scalable and cost effective wireless access solutions for IoT. Verizon maintains a strong leadership position in IoT technology and solutions with a history of firsts, including the first nationwide deployment of 4G LTE, LTE Cat 1, and LTE Cat M1 networks. While CAT-M1 is targeting a wide range of applications for business customers such as wearables, fleet and asset management, NB-IoT Guard band focuses on applications needing data rates below 100 kbps. NB-IoT Guard band technology occupies a dedicated frequency of 180 kHz bandwidth designated for IoT applications which does not share spectrum resources with commercial smartphone traffic. Bill Stone, Vice President - Network Planning at Verizon said, "We are committed to providing more customer options to the IoT ecosystem by leading with new technologies and capabilities such as NB-IoT Guard band that efficiently use dedicated spectrum and target different customer requirements for throughput and battery life." "The IoT ecosystem has tremendous potential for further growth and development," said Kevin Zvokel, Head of Networks for Ericsson in North America. "With our IoT commercial software in combination with Verizon's network, we are pleased to pave the way for future growth in this important segment." Nationwide deployment of Verizon's Narrowband IoT Guard band network will be fully complete across Verizon's nationwide network covering 2.56 million square miles in 2018. Media Contacts: Karen SchulzVerizon Mobile (864) 561-1527 Karen.Schulz@Verizonwireless.com @VZWKarenS Jimmy DuvallEricssonMobile (496) 266-3141 Jimmy.Duvall@ericsson.com About VerizonVerizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) (Nasdaq:VZ), headquartered in New York City, generated $126 billion in 2017 revenues. The company operates America's most reliable wireless network and the nation's premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated solutions to businesses worldwide. Its Oath subsidiary reaches about one billion people around the world with a dynamic house of media and technology brands. VERIZON'S ONLINE MEDIA CENTER: News releases, stories, media contacts and other resources are available at www.verizon.com/about/news/. News releases are also available through an RSS feed. To subscribe, visit www.verizon.com/about/rss-feeds/. About EricssonEricsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who provide customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 222.6 billion (USD 24.5 billion). The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York. Read more on www.ericsson.com.