DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/wfdd7f/signals_ahead) has announced the addition of the "Signals Ahead - The Murky Underworld of IoT" report to their offering.
While there is a lot of industry interest in IoT air interfaces and their individual merits, there is also more than a fair amount of uncertainty and unknowns regarding these technologies and what they can and cannot do, both in the short term and in the longer term. In this Signals Ahead report we look at the collective group of 3GPP-based CIoT technologies, by leveraging operator and vendor interviews, our analysis of 3GPP filings, and our recent participation in the last few 3GPP standardization meetings.
Highlights of the Study include the following:
We take a trip back through memory lane to show how and why we ended with the existing family of 3GPP-based CIoT technologies and device categories, including Cat 0, Cat M1, EC-GSM and Cat M2 (aka NB-IoT).
The Traffic Profiles
The best way to understand what NB-IoT/EC-GSM can and cannot do is to understand the traffic profiles and use cases used by 3GPP during the standardization process.
Leveraging the traffic profiles and published performance analysis results, we show what the marketing claims of NB-IoT really mean, the inherent tradeoffs that exist, and why we believe capacity is (or at least should be) dead last in terms of operator requirements.
Getting from Here to There
We discuss the likely impacts to the RAN and CN, including the potential/likely role of network virtualization and the use of an EPC-lite network. Included in this discussion is an update on the status of the NB-IoT specification, including some of the outstanding issues that remain.
The Deployment Scenarios
We discuss the pros and cons of the 3 deployment scenarios, namely standalone/GSM refarming, guard band, and in-band.
Adding another "G"
Based on what NB-IoT can and cannot do, as well as the likely traffic profiles, we discuss the practicality of NB-IoT fulfilling the 5G use cases being discussed that pertain to uMTC and cMTC.
And in the other Corner
CIoT technologies are not the only option that exists. In addition to the non-3GPP wide area technologies there are also the local and personal area technologies that play a role, either in a complementary or competitive role. We discuss.
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Signals Ahead is a research-focused product that is published on a periodic basis. Its clientele include all facets of the wireless ecosystem, including some of the largest mobile operators, the top handset suppliers, the major infrastructure vendors, subsystem suppliers, semiconductor companies and financial institutions, including Wall Street, Private Equity and Venture Capitalists, spread across five continents.
Key Topics Covered:
1.0 Executive Summary
2.0 CIoT History 101 - The Reader's Digest Edition
3.0 IoT Objectives and Implementation Strategies
3.1 Cellular IoT Enabling Technologies
3.1.1 Lower Category Devices
3.1.3 Clean Slate
3.2.1 NB-IoT = NB-CIoT + NB-LTE
3.2.2 Performance Analysis
3.3 Core Network Implications
3.4 Complementary Technologies
4.0 Where It Is All Headed
4.1 Cat 0, Cat 1, and Cat M1
4.4 Next-Generation Network Technologies
5.0 Final Thoughts
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