LTE and 5G Technologies Enabling the Internet of Things

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  • Author: 5G Americas

The cellular mobile industry represents a huge and mature ecosystem, incorporating chipset, device and network equipment vendors, operators, application providers and many others. The global cellular ecosystem is governed by the 3GPP standardization forum, which guarantees broad industry support for future development. In this paper we detail the 3GPP developments known as Enhanced Machine-Type Communication (eMTC) and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), which are expected to offer an excellent platform for a wide variety of IoT use cases.

This paper details the 3GPP developments known as Enhanced Machine-Type Communication (eMTC) and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), which are expected to offer an excellent platform for a wide variety of IoT use cases. The 3GPP-specified eMTC and NB-IoT together with a number of unlicensed low power technologies are considered to be the wireless connectivity options that enable Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN). A comparison with two of the unlicensed LPWA technologies is provided later on in the white paper.