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.

Discover more about how LTE-M is being used for:

Connected Honeybees on Mobile IoT for the Sustainable World – NimbeLink

March 26, 2019

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David Houghton, GM of Asset Tracking Solutions at NimbeLink talks about the usage of IoT asset trackers deployed on Mobile IoT networks in non-power devices like honeybee hives for monitoring the health of beehive – temperature, humidity, location and motion. …

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Mobile IoT Enables Water Pipeline Management & Monitoring – BeWhere Inc.

March 26, 2019

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Chris Panczuk, Co-Founder & COO at BeWhere Inc. explains how Mobile IoT low-cost, low-power sensors are used in Toronto for water pressure monitoring. View more videos made by GSMA IoT on the GSMA IoT YouTube Playlist.

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The GSMA 8th Mobile IoT Summit at MWC19 – Andrew Parker, GSMA

March 20, 2019

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At the 8th Mobile IoT Summit at #MWC19, Andrew Parker, IoT Programme Marketing Director at GSMA introduces how Mobile IoT technologies – LTE-M and NB-IoT – have been adopted by the industry-wide ecosystem players and changing the IoT landscape around …

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Connecting More and Securing All on Mobile IoT Networks – Gemalto

March 20, 2019

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Andreas Haegele, SVP IoT Products at Gemalto shares how Gemalto is enabling Mobile IoT smart devices with their Cinterion IoT module and advising customers to consider security from the very beginning of the IoT project deployment. View more videos made …

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Deploying Low-Cost, Low-Power IoT Sensors – BeWhere Inc.

March 20, 2019

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Brian Boychuk, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at BeWhere Inc. shares how BeWhere is deploying the low-cost, low-power IoT sensors on mobile network operator-managed LTE-M and NB-IoT networks around the world. View more videos made by GSMA IoT …

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How SIM-based Mobile IoT Solutions Are Enabling Better Security – G+D Mobile Security

March 20, 2019

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At the 8th Mobile IoT Summit at #MWC19, Sharath Muddaiah, Director of Strategic Solutions & Business Development at G+D Mobile Security shares how end-to-end SIM-based security solutions are enabled for enterprise and mobile network operators on the LTE-M and NB-IoT …

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Deploying Compact-Size IoT Ring on Mobile IoT Networks – Sierra Wireless & Nimb

March 20, 2019

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Nicolas Damour, Director of Technology Partnerships at Sierra Wireless shares how Sierra Wireless IoT modules are enabling compact-size IoT products globally on Mobile IoT networks; and Kathy Roma, Co-Founder at Nimb explains how Nimb has taken the full benefits of …

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Mobile IoT Toolkit

February 7, 2019

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The Mobile IoT Toolkit is designed for mobile network operators and IoT developers to quickly get started with IoT solutions development and deployment. For further information or enquiries, please email GSMA Internet of Things Programme at iot@gsma.com.

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

January 9, 2019

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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 North America, AT&T is working with white goods manufacturers to provide simple and …

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Connected Honeybee Hive – The Bee Corp, NimbeLink and Verizon

January 9, 2019

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Understand how the endangered honeybee stock can be preserved by deploying IoT asset trackers managed by The Bee Corp and NimbeLink on Verizon’s LTE-M network, through monitoring the health of the beehive.

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Case Study – Atlas Copco Harnessing Connectivity for Industrial IoT Atlas Copco, one of the world’s leading suppliers of industrial equipment, has been at the forefront of offering ground-breaking services for several years now with remotely ma...

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NB-IoT Commercialisation Case Study: How China Mobile, China Telecom & In China, the leading mobile operators are using Mobile IoT technologies to connect millions of devices, appliances and machines. This case study illustrates how China Mobile, Ch...

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Mobile IoT Case Study: How Asia Pacific Intelligently Connects to IoT This report shows how LTE-M and NB-IoT are being deployed in the Asia Pacific region. Drawing on interviews with mobile operators and their partners, the report describes six ver...

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Mobile IoT Journey Through MWC Barcelona 2019 This self-guided Mobile IoT Journey through MWC19 Barcelona gives attendees the opportunity to explore innovative demonstrations and to see key information at a glance. Discover ...

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Huawei: NB-IoT Ecosystem Partner list This document provides a list of Huawei’s NB-IoT partners, detailing the solutions offered by each organisation. The brochure also contains a list of regions and sectors ...

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Case Study: Ground-to-Air LTE Communication Services for Industrial Drone A With the increasing use of drones for industrial applications, China Unicom has launched an innovative business service project to enable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to fly a...

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The Internet of the Skies: Establishing Public Trust in the Future of Cellu The GSMA is supporting the Global Unmanned Traffic Management Association (GUTMA) on Connected Skies, a major conference on drones and UTM, which will bring together the aviation...

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Making Mobile IoT Easy MWC Barcelona 2019 showcases new tools to streamline the development of Mobile IoT applications Creating compelling Mobile IoT applications is becoming increasingly straightforwa...

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Operators Optimistic of Bright Future as New IoT Revenue Opportunities Come Among the many show-stealing IoT breakthroughs and showcases at the world’s leading tech event, there is a central question: how do mobile network operators increase revenue an...

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Mobile IoT Summit: Collaboration Deepens as Global Use Cases Multiply “How many people here refer to Mobile IoT in their day-to-day activity?”, asked one panellist of our 500-strong audience at yesterday’s 8th Mobile IoT Summit. “That’s a...

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ETSI Issues Cybersecurity Standard to Support the Internet of Things Internet standards organisation, ETSI has released a new standard for cybersecurity in the Internet of Things (IoT) that references the GSMA’s IoT Security Guidelines. With mo...

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NB-IoT Commercialisation Case Study: How China Mobile, China Telecom & In China, the leading mobile operators are using Mobile IoT technologies to connect millions of devices, appliances and machines. This case study illustrates how China Mobile, Ch...

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Connected Skies 2019 June 18, 2019 *The GSMA is offering an exclusive 50% discount to Connected Skies 2019. Book by 30 April to secure the early bird price of $150. Use the promotional code CONNSKIES19GSMA when pu...

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