Extended Coverage – GSM – Internet of Things (EC-GSM-IoT )

Extended coverage GSM IoT (EC-GSM-IoT) is a standard-based Low Power Wide Area technology. It is based on eGPRS and designed as a high capacity, long range, low energy and low complexity cellular system for IoT communications. The optimisations made in EC-GSM-IoT that need to be made to existing GSM networks can be made as a software upgrade, ensuring coverage and accelerated time to-market. Battery life of up to 10 years can be supported for a wide range use cases.

The EC-GSM-IOT network trials have begun, with the first commercial launches planned for 2017. Supported by all major mobile equipment, chip set and module manufacturers, EC-GSM-IoT networks will co-exist with 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile networks. It will also benefit from all the security and privacy mobile network features, such as support for user identity confidentiality, entity authentication, confidentiality, data integrity, and mobile equipment identification.

EC-GSM-IoT Group

The aim of the EC-GSM- IoT Group is to provide all industry and wider ecosystem stakeholders with market representation to accelerate the wide-spread adoption of 3GPP-based EC-GSM-IoT technology. EC-GSM- IoT is addressing the low-power wide-area IoT market opportunity using licensed spectrum with the intent to launch commercial solutions in 2017.

The objectives of the EC-GSM-IoT Group are:

  • Facilitate demonstrations and proof of concept trials which strengthen the EC-GSM- IoT solution to meet LPWA requirements
  • Lead industry partners and the ecosystem to build a strong end-to-end industry chain for EC-GSM- IoT growth, development and deployment
  • Reduce complexity of EC-GSM- IoT device introduction
  • Drive and proliferate EC-GSM- IoT applications in vertical markets for new business opportunities
  • Promote collaboration between all EC-GSM- IoT industry partners to ensure interoperability of solutions

How to join the EC-GSM- IoT Group

The EC-GSM- IoT Group is open to GSMA Members and Associate Members however all members must positively contribute to the Group’s high-level objectives, including promoting and trialling EC-GSM- IoT technology and encouraging new service and application development. Non GSMA Members are welcome to join the Mobile IoT Innovators, at the bottom of this page, to keep up to date with the latest information and events.

If you would like to join the EC-GSM- IoT Group please contact connectedliving@gsma.com

Current Members

  • Broadcom Corporation
  • Cisco Systems
  • Ericsson
  • Gemalto NV
  • Intel Corporation
  • KDDI Corporation
  • LG Electronics
  • MediaTek
  • Nokia
  • Oberthur Technologies
  • Ooredoo
  • Orange
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Saudi Telecom Company
  • Sierra Wireless
  • Telit Communications
  • VimpelCom

Join the Mobile IoT Innovators

Apply now to become a member of the Mobile IoT Innovators community to keep up to date with the latest information and industry developments for Low Power Wide Area solutions, and to receive invitations to exclusive events.



Mobile IoT Open Labs Map To assist with the deployment of the Mobile IoT, the GSMA’s Connected Living programme has launched the Mobile IoT Open Lab Map, a unique resource which provides informati...

Read more | See all Resources

LPWA: Enabling Extreme Wildlife Tracking To protect threatened species, conservationists need to fully understand their behaviour and which habitats are key to their survival. To that end, Vodafone is working with the ...

Read more | See all Resources

Mobile IoT Tour This self-discovery tour of key demonstrations of Mobile IoT (licensed spectrum Low Power Wide Area) solutions gives attendees the opportunity to see at a glance the broad range ...

Read more | See all Resources

MIoT Test Requirements The purpose of this document is for establishing test procedures for the verification of LTE CAT-M1, CAT-NB1 and EC-GSM-IoT devices ahead of the official introduction of test cas...

Read more | See all Resources

MIoT Test Cases This document provides the test cases that may be carried out for LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) Mobile IoT modules and devices that are to be deployed on early adopter networks prio...

Read more | See all Resources

LPWA: Making Parking Smarter As urbanisation continues apace and the number of cars on the roads rises steadily, finding a place to park can be a major headache for business and leisure travellers alike. If ...

Read more | See all Resources

Raising Standards across the Internet of Things Dino Flore of 3GPP and Barbara Pareglio of the GSMA explain the pivotal role of standards in shaping the Mobile Internet of Things Dino Flore, Chairman of RAN group, 3GPP Barbara...

Read more | See all Industry News

‘Mobile IoT: A Network which has been made for Battery, Speed and Cost’ – This year, the Internet of Things will make one of its biggest advances. As the Mobile IoT (licensed LPWA solutions) launches in Korea, Spain, the UK, the US and countless other ...

Read more | See all Industry News

Towards the Autonomous City: All you Need to know About Smart Cities During MWC The simple and easy retrofitting of IoT solutions is enabling cities to develop according to their needs and concealing the rapid pace of change that is happening before us What...

Read more | See all Industry News

‘Internet of the Seas’ marks new wave of eco-friendly IoT solutions on show Such is the rapid development of the Internet of Things that new milestones seem to be as quickly reached as they are surpassed. However, with the standardisation and commercial ...

Read more | See all Industry News

GSMA Announces Winners of Mobile IoT Innovators Showcase Awards The GSMA’s Connected Living programme today announced the winners of ‘The Mobile IoT Innovators Showcase’ competition at the GSMA Global Mobile IoT Summit, held at the Hesp...

Read more | See all Industry News

Mobile IoT Takes Off with Multiple Global Launches Planned in 2017 The availability of commercial Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) solutions is set to dominate the agenda at the GSMA Global Mobile IoT Summit, held today at the Hesperia Tower Hotel in...

Read more | See all Industry News

Mobile World Congress Shanghai June 28, 2017 The Internet of Things will be central to Mobile World Congress Shanghai  – Asia’s biggest mobile event. Bringing together the global mobile industry’s  C-level ...

Read more | See all Connected Living Events

Contact GSMA Legal Email Preference Centre Copyright © 2017 GSMA. GSM and the GSM Logo are registered and owned by the GSMA.