Cellular for Massive IoT technologies are being standardized as part of 3GPP. Today the Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) functionality can be provided on Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT), Cat-M1 and Extended Coverage GSM IoT (EC-GSM-IoT) bringing major enhancements to low-cost and simplified devices with extended coverage and long battery life. The functionality is added by software and can also leverage other existing cellular network resources, such as service provisioning and billing for lower total cost of ownership. The licensed spectrum gives predicted performance, Quality of Service, for the lifetime of the IoT devices through Service Layer Agreements. The cellular for Massive IoT technologies are selected based on the use case requirements, the existing network technology and deployment scenario.
“IoT is a great opportunity because it's being implemented in every industry vertical and it touches every product that people use daily. And we’ve started to see a trend toward cellular LPWA-first in our IoT business given its advantage of security, reliability and ubiquitous coverage.”
– Chris Penrose, Senior Vice President, IoT Solutions, AT&T Mobility