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The cellular Internet of Things – technologies, standards and performance

With each new generation, cellular systems have evolved to provide support for new services and applications. Currently the fifth generation (5G) radio access network is under development and an important pillar in this project is support for the Internet of Things (IoT). Ericsson has since 3GPP Release 13 contributed to this development with the design of three new technologies for support of massive Machine-Type Communications (mMTC). mMTC provides wireless connectivity for large number of network-enabled devices. This work is covered in detail in the recently published book ‘Cellular Internet of Things – Technologies, Standards and Performance’ authored by me and my colleagues Mårten Sundberg, Y.-P. Eric Wang, Johan Bergman and Joachim Sachs.

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Robust scrambling for NB-IoT broadcast channels

Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is a new cellular technology designed to provide wide-area coverage for IoT. It was introduced in 3GPP Release 13 and is expected that many commercial NB-IoT networks will be launched in 2017. Here, on the Ericsson Research blog, we shall provide a brief explanation for the rationale of a change request (CR) approved in 3GPP RAN meeting #75 in March 2017 for the enhancement of the robustness of NB-IoT broadcast channels when it comes to inter-cell interference – when NB-IoT is deployed inside a frame-synchronized LTE network. The approved CRs are mandatory and non-backward compatible. Introducing such CRs is possible considering that NB-IoT deployments had not yet occurred on a widespread basis. The approved CR preserves robust NB-IoT performance when deployed in an LTE network that also supports features such as Multicast-Broadcast Single-Frequency Network (MBSFN) or Positioning Reference Signal (PRS), which require frame-synchronization across cells to ensure good performance in practice.

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Narrowband IoT standardization soon finalized

A new NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) standard will get us a radio technology that supports massive deployment of IoT devices. It will meet tough requirements on low device complexity and very low battery consumption, as well as extend the coverage range substantially compared to other 3GPP technologies.

Last week, about 40 participants from several companies attended the 3GPP RAN4 meeting in Kista, Sweden with the objective to advance the NB-IoT standard.

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