Cellular technologies for IoT
Cellular technologies have been designed for reliability, security, and scalability and provide a strong foundation for IoT connectivity with a unique combination of functionality and performance. Through software upgrades, existing deployed infrastructure provides a base for unmatched IoT coverage and fast time-to-market. The cellular technologies based on 3GPP standards constitute a large and evolving ecosystem.
Cellular LPWA technologies
Cellular IoT technologies are being standardized as part of 3GPP. Today the Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) functionality can be provided on NB-IoT, Cat-M1 and EC-GSM-IoT bringing major enhancements to low-cost and simplified devices with extended coverage and long battery life. The LPWA functionality is added by SW and can also leverage other existing cellular network resources, such as service provisioning, monitoring and billing for lower total cost of ownership. The licensed spectrum gives predicted performance, Quality of Service, for the life time of the IoT devices through Service Layer Agreements.
The LPWA technology is selected based on the use case requirements, the existing network technology and deployment scenario.
5G for IoT
Cellular IoT is leading the 5G transformation. 5G will build on and extend the cellular networks, bringing new levels of performance and functionality to the networks, enabling new IoT services, ecosystems and business models.
The next step in the evolution of cellular IoT on the road to 5G, 3GPP Release 14, offers support for Critical IoT applications with extreme reliability, very low latency, and very high availability.
The large number of services enabled will vary in duration and QoS. 5G will provide a key to manage this complexity efficiently with an automated service lifecycle management functionality. Thereby 5G helps transform the business models of today into the distributed cloud-based future of tomorrow, with new, additional business opportunities.