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NB-IoT 5G and LTE-M in the context of 5G – industry white paper

A new industry white paper has been released by the GSMA. It is all about how the 3GPP standardized NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies continue evolving as part of 5G specifications.


NB-IoT and LTE-M in the context of 5G – industry white paper

Cecilia Atterwall, Head of Marketing & Communications, Business Area Networks, Ericsson introducing GSMA White Paper about NB-IoT and LTE-M in the context of 5G.


  • The NB-IoT and LTE-M are 3GPP standardized low power, wide area (LPWA) technologies, designed for IoT applications and devices requiring low cast, long battery life, ubiquitous coverage and high system capacity.
  • 3GPP has agreed that the NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies will continue evolving as part of the 5G specifications, meaning that mobile operators can leverage LPWA investments already today and continue as part of the 5G evolution.
  • NB-IoT and LTE-M will coexist in the same networks as other 5G NR components, like enhanced mobile broadband and critical communications. The long-term status of these technologies is confirmed.

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Ericsson has been driving the standardization of both LPWA technologies in 3GPP as a key contributor to cellular IoT technology and we will continue to be so. We have also been one of the key contributors to this new GSMA white paper.

The NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies are available today and more than 60 commercial networks have been launched worldwide.


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