15 May 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
The group setting standards for 5G mobile is about to choose two standards for low-power internet of things (IoT) and exclude others.
According to the GSMA, the mobile industry’s
trade association, the latest standard – release 15
– from 3GPP will identify NB-IoT and LTE-M as official
5G mobile standards for low-power wireless access (LPWA).
The GSMA believes there will be 3.1 billion cellular IoT
connections by 2025, including 1.8 million using licensed LPWA
The 3GPP standards body "will not include any additional LPWA
requirements in its next release, meaning that NB-IoT and LTE-M
will coexist with other 3GPP technologies and fulfil long-term
5G LPWA requirements", said the GSMA.
"NB-IoT and LTE-M networks will deliver connectivity to
billions of new devices and provide comprehensive IoT
connectivity in the 5G era," said the GSMA.
Alex Sinclair, the GSMA’s chief technology
officer, said: "Licensed NB-IoT and LTE-M networks are already
delivering trusted connectivity today to millions of devices
around the world, and these networks will continue to be a
fundamental component of our 5G future ushering in an era of
Major operators backed the decision to support NB-IoT and LTE-M
as preferred 5G standards for IoT.
Deutsche Telekom’s senior VP for IoT Ingo Hofacker
said: "Deutsche Telekom fully supports GSMA’s
statement of the integral role of Mobile IoT networks in the 5G
future. Looking further, LPWA technologies such as NB-IoT have
been paving the way for 5G and will be an important part of the
Chris Penrose, AT&T’s president of IoT
solutions, said: "LPWA networks hold the key to global
deployment of IoT devices and applications that will only grow
with 5G. Our investment in massive IoT in the US and Mexico
marks another step forward on our path to 5G with 3GPP
standardised technology and licensed spectrum."
Luke Ibbetson, group head of R&D for Vodafone and chair of
the GSMA’s NB-IoT Forum, said: "We strongly
believe that NB-IoT, the first 5G internet of things network,
will be the foundation for a society where people and
businesses are far more connected to and informed about the
world around them."
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