Progress on 3GPP IoT

With connectivity bing the key that unlocks the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), the importance of 3GPP Release 13 should not be underestimated.

This notion was underlined by the recent GSMA IoT Initiative meeting - held during the Mobile World Congress 2016 – where speakers expressed appreciation for the work that has been successfully coordinated in 3GPP, to help avoid market fragmentation and to accelerate the IoT market.

The 3GPP RAN Chairman - Dino Flore – delivered a status report to the meeting, guiding attendees through the three headline technologies being specified:

eMTC – delivering further LTE enhancements for Machine Type Communications, building on the work that started in Release-12 (UE Cat 0, new power saving mode)
NB-IOT - a new radio added to the LTE platform, optimized for the low end of the market
EC-GSM-IoT – bringing EGPRS enhancements, which in combination with Power Save Mode (PSM) makes GSM/EDGE systems IoT ready.

Dino Flore’s presentation gave an introduction to this IoT ‘portfolio of technologies’, going in to the objectives and features that each possess. The presentation is available online: 3GPP Standards for the Internet-of-Things.