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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.

Coverage Analysis of LTE-M Category-M1

Read more about coverage gains analyzed, exceeding the 3GPP target, in the industry white paper.

Cellular technologies enable LPWA applications

Our White Paper outline how cellular networks can deliver reliable, secure and diverse Massive IoT services using existing network infrastructure

Read more about the different 3GPP standards targeting the connectivity requirements of Massive IoT applications

NB-IoT – Cost-effective connectivity for MTC applications

The design of NB-IoT mimics that of LTE, facilitating radio and core network evolution and efficient coexistence with MBB, reducing time to market, and reaping the benefits of standardization and economies of scale.

Massive IoT city scenario with minimal network capacity impact

Only 6 % of the total capacity of a single NB-IoT carrier is utilized in our massive IoT services scenario

Learn more about the IoT traffic and required capacity in our city scenario for deployment of a NB-IoT carrier for massive IoT services

Implementing profitable IoT strategies

To enable network carriers to successfully implement profitable IoT strategies, the roles of Policy and Subscriber Data Management are essential.

Read more about Policy and Subscriber Data Management in IoT

Research, insights and technology reflections

Meet our researchers, technology leaders and invited guest bloggers. Take a closer look at what to expect from technology in the future.

Read more about Internet of Things in Ericsson Research blog.

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.

First steps to 5G with new IoT services

5G subscription uptake will commence in 2020 and is being driven by new use cases that will impact both consumers and industries. However, first steps can be taken when introducing new IoT services.

Learn more about 5G and its evolution

Read about 5G initiatives


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