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5G Americas announces new report on progress towards 5G Cellular IoT

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The Internet of Things (IoT) market is predicted to be a key business driver of  the telecom industry  and  its upcoming next generation. IoT will require new technology requirements for its varied use cases. 5G Americas, the industry trade association and voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas, mentions in its latest publication of LTE Progress Leading to the 5G Massive Internet of Things (Massive IoT).

“Some cellular service providers in the U.S. are already adding more IoT connections than mobile phone connections, and the efforts at 3GPP in defining standards for the successful deployment of a wide variety of services across multiple industries will contribute to the growing success for consumers and the enterprise,” noted Jean Au, Staff Manager, technical marketing, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and  co-leader of 5G Americas whitepaper LTE Progress Leading to the 5G Massive IoT (MIoT).

Today, Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) is already gaining  attention and  it  is anticipated that cellular-based  technologies such as LTE-M (Machine) and Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) will become  the leading LPWA standards by 2020.

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Operators can choose from several Cellular IoT  (CIoT) technologies based  on their spectrum portfolio, legacy networks, and requirements of their offered services.

The generic requirements for IoT are low cost, energy efficiency, ubiquitous coverage, and scalability (ability to support a large number of connected machines in a network). Alternatively, Critical IoT applications will  have  very high demands  for reliability, availability, and low latency which could be enabled by LTE or 5G capabilities. The whitepaper is available for free download.   Read more…


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