# 5G

# Cellular IoT Networks

# IoT Connectivity

# Massive IoT

# Network connectivity technologies

Enabling the Evolution of LTE-M & NB-IoT into the 5G Massive IoT

Published on April 13, 2023
Pod CEO Sam Colley at a panel at the MWC to discuss the evolution of LTE-M and NB-IoT into the 5G Massive IoT

The evolution of cellular technology has revolutionized the way we communicate, and the growth of the IoT has transformed the way we interact with the world around us. With the emergence of 5G, the potential for IoT is even greater, with the capability to connect billions of devices and enable new use cases that were not possible before.

One of the key areas of focus for 5G is the Massive IoT, which refers to the connectivity of a large number of low-power, low-data-rate devices, such as sensors and machines. Two of the key technologies that have been developed to enable the Massive IoT are LTE-M and NB-IoT, which were introduced as part of 4G LTE networks. However, as the transition to 5G continues, the challenge is to ensure that these existing technologies can evolve and seamlessly integrate with the new 5G infrastructure.

The good news is that both LTE-M and NB-IoT have been designed with this in mind, and their integration with 5G networks is already underway. One of the key advantages of LTE-M and NB-IoT is their low power consumption, which makes them ideal for use in devices that require long battery life. With 5G, this capability will become even more important, as the number of devices that need to be connected will increase dramatically. The evolution of these technologies will enable the creation of new use cases, such as smart agriculture, smart cities, and industrial automation.

At the 5G IoT Summit at MWC23, our CEO Sam Colley participated in a panel discussion titled “Enabling the evolution of LTE-M & NB-IoT into the 5G Massive IoT.” The discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities associated with the adoption of these technologies and their consistency in deployment globally.

Sam highlighted the inconsistencies in how networks around the world deploy these technologies, resulting in challenges when implementing them globally. He also emphasized the need for consistency in deployment, given that different approaches in different countries may cause applications to fail. 

Sam’s participation in the panel provided valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with the adoption of LTE-M and NB-IoT into the 5G Massive IoT. His comments shed light on the importance of having better deployment guidelines in place, building compatibility natively at the device level, and ensuring transparency and availability of networks. 

In conclusion, it is evident that there are still many challenges and roadblocks ahead, but with continued collaboration and innovation, the benefits of cost-saving and power-saving can be fully realized. Bringing years of experience in the practicalities of implementing cellular solutions, Sam’s contributions provided valuable insights to this panel discussion on global Massive IoT evolution. For those interested in learning more, the full video is available below.

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