Long Term Evolution for Machines: LTE-M

LTE-M is the simplified industry term for the eMTC LPWA technology, which was standardised by 3GPP in the Release 13 specification. It specifically refers to LTE CatM1, which is designed to support the IoT. LTE-M is a low power wide area (LPWA) technology, providing low device complexity and extended coverage, while allowing the reuse of existing LTE base stations.

The technology can allow connected devices to have a battery lifetime of at least 10 years for a wide range of use cases, with the modem costs reduced to 20-25% of the current EGPRS modems. LTE-M also supports relatively fast data throughput, mobility, roaming and potentially voice services.

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, data integrity, and mobile equipment identification. Commercial launches of LTE-M networks are now underway.

AT&T, KPN, Orange, Telefónica, Telstra and Verizon are among the operators rolling out LTE-M, following pilots of the technology across a wide variety of use cases, including monitoring individuals’ location and vital signs using wearable devices. AT&T and its enterprise customers have also piloted LTE-M for smart shelving, asset management, logistics, fleet management and other use cases that require low cost mobile connectivity.

GSMA LTE-M Task Force
Working on behalf of the mobile industry and wider ecosystem stakeholders, the GSMA LTE-M Task Force aims to accelerate the widespread adoption of 3GPP-based LTE-M technology. The Task Force Chair is David Allen of AT&T, and the Vice-Chairs are Ronan Le Bras of Orange and Toshiyasu Wakayama of KDDI.

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GSMA IoT On-Demand Webinar: Industry 4.0 – Optimising Industrial IoT with Mobile IoT

October 29, 2018

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A total of 70 Mobile IoT networks, including LTE-M (Long Term Evolution for Machines) and NB-IoT (NarrowBand IoT), have been launched, enabling a fraction of the 25.2 billion IoT connections by 2025 per forecast by GSMA Intelligence. Mobile IoT, the …

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Industrial IoT Feasibility Study: How Mobile IoT is Changing the Industrial Landscape

September 11, 2018

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Industry is embracing the Internet of Things (IoT). Large numbers of connected sensors are now being used to monitor the performance of complex physical machinery in real-time. Analysis of the resulting data can be used to optimise production and perform …

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GSMA IoT Webinar Series 2018-19

September 10, 2018

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The GSMA Webinar Series returns this year covering the subjects of industrial IoT, drones, operator capability and the role of the SIM in the wider Internet of Things. Our webinar series features leading experts who will share their knowledge and …

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Development Guide: LTE-M for Consumer Devices

August 31, 2018

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The GSMA Internet of Things (IoT) programme is an initiative to help mobile operators add value and accelerate the delivery of new connected devices and services in the IoT. This is to be achieved by industry collaboration, appropriate regulation, optimising …

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LTE-M Deployment Guide – Release 2

April 30, 2018

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Long Term Evolution for Machines (LTE-M), also known as licensed low power wide area (LPWA), is a new cellular radio access technology specified by 3GPP in Release 13 to address the fast-expanding market for low power wide area connectivity. To …

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February 5, 2018

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“LTE-M” stands for Long Term Evolution for Machines. It is a low power wide area radio technology standard published by 3GPP in Release 13 that addresses the requirements of the IoT. The technology provides improved both indoor and outdoor coverage, …

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