LTE is evolving with new narrowband technologies that will pave the path to 5G, delivering a scalable platform that connects a wide-range of consumer and enterprise IoT applications.
LTE technologies are transforming a broad range of industries by giving machines, devices, sensors, and objects the ability to connect and communicate remotely, reliably and securely, from virtually anywhere, 24/7.
Established LTE networks serve over 1 billion connections throughout the world.
Networks utilize licensed spectrum with end-to-end security to ensure excellent quality of service.
Users can experience always-on connectivity with redundant network design that enables high network availability.
LTE has become one of the world’s fastest growing wireless technologies, with a vibrant mobile ecosystem backed by a common global standard. It provides a reliable foundation for the continued growth of IoT connectivity for many years to come.
With Release 13 of the 3GPP standard, we are introducing Cat-M1 and Cat-NB1, two new narrowband device categories that scale for higher node density and are optimized for low-throughput IoT applications. These new technologies significantly reduce device complexity, increase battery life and enhance coverage for low data-rate IoT communications.
LTE supports narrowband operation, and reduces device and core network complexity.
Enhanced power save modes and more efficient signaling enable extended battery life.
Networks can achieve up to 20 dB increase in link budget for coverage in hard-to-reach locations.
Signaling and other network optimizations will support a large number of devices per cell.
The new LTE device categories and technologies coexist seamlessly with existing and planned LTE spectrum and infrastructure. This provides a robust platform that can either scale up in performance and mobility with LTE Cat-4 and above for IoT applications such as video surveillance, or scale down in complexity and power to very low-throughput applications such as sensors and meters.
Qualcomm is delivering global cellular connectivity to a wide variety of IoT applications with a comprehensive portfolio of Snapdragon™ processors and LTE modems. The Qualcomm MDM9207-1 (Cat-1) and MDM9206 (Cat-M1 + Cat-NB1) LTE modems are just two examples of our cost-optimized, flexible and scalable chipsets tailored to power the Internet of Things.
Our new LTE modem technologies are part of a rich roadmap of LTE Advanced Pro solutions that are paving the path to 5G—a unified, more capable platform that will connect new industries, enable new services and empower new user experiences. 5G will build upon LTE IoT by enabling advanced capabilities and improved levels of efficiency. Qualcomm led LTE development with advancements in 3G and 4G, and we continue that legacy by leading the path to a 5G-connected world.