LTE-M offers cost-effective LTE devices suitable for massive machine-type communications (MTC) and the Internet of Things (IoT), and offers significantly improved coverage compared to standard LTE devices. 3GPP has now published LTE-M coverage targets, and as coverage is an important pillar for all LPWA technologies, it is very important to understand how much coverage LTE-M can actually provide.
To this end, a group of supporting companies conducted a thorough link layer simulation analysis to evaluate the actual coverage performance of 3GPP's LPWA LTE-M technology. This analysis shows that LTE-M offers a very similar coverage gain compared to other LPWA technologies, confirming LTE-M as a very versatile LPWA technology. For IoT applications that require higher data rates, low latency, full mobility and voice in typical coverage situations, LTE-M is the best LPWA technology.
And for IoT applications requiring high coverage where latency, mobility and data speed requirements are less stringent, LTE-M is a strong LPWA competitor. This versatility allows LTE-M to support a wide range of IoT applications, resulting in more volume and greater economies of scale. Download this white paper to read the full analysis.