Long Term Evolution for Machines: LTE-M

LTE-M is the simplified industry term for the LTE-MTC LPWA technology standard published by 3GPP in the Release 13 specification. It specifically refers to LTE CatM1, suitable for the IoT. LTE-M is a low power wide area technology, which supports IoT through lower device complexity and provides extended coverage, while allowing the reuse of the LTE installed base.  This allows battery lifetime as long as 10 years or more for a wide range of use cases, with the modem costs reduced to 20-25% of the current EGPRS modems.

Supported by all major mobile equipment, chip set and module manufacturers, LTE-M networks will co-exist with 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile networks and 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. Commercial launches of LTE-M networks will take place globally in 2017.

LTE-M Task Force

The aim of the LTE-M Task Force is to provide all industry and wider ecosystem stakeholders with market representation to accelerate the wide-spread adoption of 3GPP-based LTE-M technology. LTE-M is addressing the low-power wide-area IoT market opportunity using licensed spectrum with the intent to launch commercial solutions in 2016/2017.

The objectives of the LTE-M Task Force are:

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

How to join the LTE-M Task Force

The LTE-M Task Force is open to GSMA Members and Associate Members however all members must positively contribute to the Task Force’s high-level objectives, including promoting and trialling LTE-M 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 LTE-M Task Force please contact connectedliving@gsma.com

Current Members

  • AT&T Mobility
  • Bell Mobility
  • Bermuda Digital Communications
  • Broadcom Corporation
  • China Mobile
  • China Telecom
  • China Unicom
  • Etisalat
  • Gemalto
  • Huawei Technologies
  • KDDI Corporation
  • KT Corporation
  • Nokia
  • NTT Docomo
  • Oberthur Technologies
  • Orange
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Sequans Communications
  • Sierra Wireless
  • SingTel Mobile Singapore
  • SoftBank
  • Telecom Italia
  • Telefónica
  • Telenor Group
  • TeliaSonera
  • Telit Communications
  • Telstra
  • T-Mobile Austria
  • u-blox
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Vodafone

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