Long Term Evolution for Machines: LTE-M

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LTE-M is the simplified industry term for the LTE-MTC low power wide area (LPWA) technology standard published by 3GPP in the Release 13 specification. It specifically refers to LTE CatM1, suitable for the IoT.

LTE-M is a low power wide area technology which supports IoT through lower device complexity and provides extended coverage, while allowing the reuse of the LTE installed base. This allows battery lifetime as long as 10 years or more for a wide range of use cases, with the modem costs reduced to 20-25% of the current EGPRS modems.

Supported by all major mobile equipment, chipset and module manufacturers, LTE-M networks will co-exist with 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile networks and benefit from all the security and privacy features of mobile networks, such as support for user identity confidentiality, entity authentication, confidentiality, data integrity, and mobile equipment identification. Commercial launches of LTE-M networks will take place globally in 2017/18.

Companies involved in LTE-M

Altair Semiconductor
AT&T Mobility
Bell Mobility
Blackberry Limited
China Mobile
China Telecom
China Unicom
Cloud 9 Mobile
Entel PCS Telecomunicaciones
Huawei Technologies
iBasis, Inc
JT (Jersey) Limited
KDDI Corporation
LG Uplus, Corp.
Marathon Telecom
Mediatek Inc.
Qualcomm Inc.
Quectel Wireless Solutions Co.,Ltd
Radiomóvil Dipsa, S.A. de C.V.
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
Sequans Communications
Sierra Wireless Inc.
SingTel Mobile Singapore Pte. Ltd.
SoftBank Corp.
Spirent Communications
Sprint Corporation
Tele2 Eesti Aktsiaselts
Telecom Italia SpA
Telefónica UK Limited
Telekom Austria AG
Telit Communications S.p.A.
Telstra Corporation Limited
TELUS Communications Inc.
T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Transaction Network Services, Inc.
Truphone Limited
Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S.
u-blox AG
Verizon Wireless

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