LTE-M Deployment Guide – Release 3
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 adoption of LTE-M services, Mobile Network Operators must ensure that devices and end-to-end services from various providers will connect to the LTE-M systems that have been deployed, and that the data transport capability and connection modes are well understood.
This document contains non-binding guidelines designed to help MNOs deploying LTE-M networks and devices globally to ensure interoperability and smooth roaming. It identifies a minimum set of key features, details key configurations and considerations for deployments. The recommendations have been developed by the members of the GSMA Mobile IoT Forum, based on the survey inputs provided to the GSMA by 15 MNOs who are deploying LTE-M networks in North America, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific (APAC).