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Dec 02, 2016

December 2, 2016

iot summary tmnailWith news reports out this week, that the 3GPP standard is set to be in 35% of low power wide area (LPWA) network connections by 2020, our Working Group RAN3 Chairman - Philippe Reininger - has given a timely presentation at the IoT Business & Technologies Congress (November 30, in Singapore), outlining the latest progress made on specifications for the IoT market.

3GPP now has what he described as a 'portfolio of technologies' that 3GPP operators can use to address market needs. The presentation helps to explain and summarise the major features - eMTC, NB-IOT and EC-GSM-IoT - completed in 3GPP Release 13.

However, the main part of the presentation covered the enhancements that will be published in Release-14, which is due for completion by June 2017.

eMTC enhancements (aka. LTE Cat M1);

  • Support for positioning
  • Support for Multicast
  • Mobility for inter-frequency measurements
  • Higher data rates
  • Support for VoLTE

NB-IOT enhancements;

  • Agreement on NB-IOT positioning
  • Support for Multicast
  • Power consumption and latency reduction
  • Non- Anchor PRB enhancements
  • Mobility and service continuity enhancements
  • New Power Class(es)

See also, Enhanced DRX for NB-IOT and eMTC.

EC-GSM-IoT enhancements

  • Various radio interface enhancements

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