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Webinar: Designing Low-Power Applications for LTE-M and NB-IoT LPWA Networks

Sierra Wireless has been actively shaping the LPWA discussions within the 3GPP standards body since 2010. LPWA technologies open up new low-bandwidth IoT applications for cellular including many industrial, smart city, smart home, and agriculture applications.

The drivers behind the adoption of this new technology are what we refer to as the 4Cs:

Cost

Reducing the R&D and operational costs associated with cellular-enabled IoT applications

Consumption

Lowering the power of IoT applications to enable 10+ years of battery life

Coverage

Extending cellular connectivity into underground spaces, building and rural environments

Capacity

Increasing the number of connected devices that can transmit data in a condensed area

Today there are two leading LPWA technologies that are rolling out now with network operators globally that are expected to have over 690M connected devices on them in the next 5 years:

LTE-M (eMTC), supporting up to 350kbps data rates, voice, roaming, and ideal for real-time fixed or mobile applications.

NB-IoT, supporting up to 65kbps data rates and ideal for simpler static sensor applications.

View infographic and white papers below for more information on LPWA.

What is LPWA?

See what you need to know about available LPWA technologies before you start development.

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Coverage Analysis of LTE-M Category-M1

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LPWA: Separating from Fact or Fiction

Specifically for low-bandwidth, low-power IoT applications, LPWAs are poised to see huge growth over the next several years. But one question looms large: which LPWA technology will prevail?

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Evaluation of LTE-M Towards 5G IoT Requirements

LTE-M, a machine-focused variant of the 3GPP LTE standard, is designed to meet the high-coverage, low-cost, and low-power consumption requirements of the Internet of Things (IoT).

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The AirPrime HL Series and WP Series of embedded modules for LTE-M (eMTC) and NB-IoT cellular networks are fully compliant with the 3GPP Release 13 standard and have some critical features required for successful LPWA deployments:

  • Low power module design delivering best-in-class power savings
  • 2G fallback to ensure devices stay connected in areas with limited LPWA network coverage
  • Multi-mode global support providing flexibility to deploy on either LTE-M or NB-IoT networks
  • Embedded SIMs to enable even smaller form factors and reduce deployment and operational complexities
  • Integrated GNSS for precision tracking of valuable assets
Learn more about the HL and WP Series View available LPWA Modules

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