Cellular Internet of Things: Technologies, Standards, and Performance gives an insight into the recent and rapid work performed by the 3GPP to develop systems for the Cellular Internet of Things. It presents both the design of the new Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology and how GSM and LTE have evolved to provide Cellular Internet of Things services. The criteria used in the design and the objectives of the standardization work are explained, while the technical details and performance of each technology are presented. 

This book discusses the overall competitive landscape for providing wireless connectivity for the Internet of Things. It introduces a few of the most promising proprietary technologies operating in the Internet of Things market, and provides a comparison between these and the solutions standardized in 3GPP. Finally, a glance of how the Cellular Internet of Things fits into the vision of a fifth generation communications system will be provided. 

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Key features:

  • Provides a detailed introduction to the EC-GSM-IoT, LTE-M, and NB-IoT technologies
  • Presents simulated network performance of the 3GPP cellular technologies together with an analysis of the performance of noncellular alternatives operating in unlicensed spectrum
  • Includes prediction of true performance levels using state-of-the-art simulation models developed in the 3GPP standardization process


  • How cellular systems work, and how they can be designed to cater for challenging new requirements emerging in the telecom industry
  • The EC-GSM-IoT, LTE-M, and NB-IoT physical layer design and their idle and connected mode procedures
  • What the expected performance of these new systems is in terms of coverage, battery life, data throughput, service latency, and device cost
  • What the Low-Power-Wide-Area IoT market segment looks like and how different available solutions compare in terms of performance and compatibility with already existing radio networks
  • What system capacity and network level performance can be achieved when deploying these new systems, and in addition what deployment options are possible

Main Authors/Editors

Ericsson researchers
Olof Liberg, MÃ¥rten Sundberg, Eric Wang, Johan Bergman, Joachim Sachs

ISBN: 978-0-12-812458-1

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