Long Term Evolution for Machines: LTE-M

LTE-M is the simplified industry term for the LTE-MTC low power wide area (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, chipset and module manufacturers, LTE-M networks will co-exist with 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile networks and benefit from all the security and privacy features of mobile networks, 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 2017/18.

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5G IoT Forum

The 5G IoT Forum is to provide all industry and wider ecosystem stakeholders with market representation to accelerate the wide-spread adoption of 3GPP-standard 5G technologies including Mobile IoT (LPWA)LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies and evolve to Massive IoT. In the Forum we will discuss issues facing the IoT Industry and make proposals to the 5G IoT Strategy Group. Members are encouraged to participate in the Action Groups. The work of the Action groups will be disseminated to the Forum and members encouraged to adopt the work. Members can also agree to work on Concepts together for the GSMA Foundry.

The objectives of the 5G IoT Forum
  • Encourage information sharing that will lead to growth of cellular based IoT
  • Promote 5G IoT technologies through a pool of centralised industry resources
  • Enable new contributors the ability to join the 5G IoT Action groups
  • Adopt the work of the 5G IoT Action groups in your organisation
  • Create a PoC in GSMA Foundry
How to join the 5G IoT Forum

All GSMA members are welcome to join the Forum. Contact 5GIoTForum@gsma.com for details.

Resources

LTE-M Commercialisation Case Study: How AT&T and Telstra Connect Million More IoT Devices

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Wednesday 16 Jan 2019 | Asia-Pacific | LTE-M | MIoT Technology | North America | Resources | Smart Cities Commerce | Smart Cities Transport |

This paper outlines how two of the world’s leading mobile operators – AT&T and Telstra – are using LTE-M technology to roll out innovative new services. In Australia, Telstra is using LTE-M to support a solar-powered asset location tracking solution that..

Security Features of LTE-M and NB-IoT Networks

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Friday 27 Sep 2019 | Both Technologies | IoT Security | MIoT Technology | Resources |

This report describes the security features being deployed by mobile operators, highlighting how LTE-M and NB-IoT are ‘secure by design’, in contrast to alternative technologies reliant on unlicensed spectrum.

LTE-M Deployment Guide – Release 3

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Tuesday 9 Jul 2019 | LTE-M | MIoT Technology | Resources |

LTE-M (LTE-MTC low power wide area (LPWA)) is a new cellular radio access technology specified by 3GPP in Releases 13 to 15 to address the fast-expanding market for low power wide area connectivity. To achieve global coverage and wide ...