The cellular industry is moving to 5G. This new generation of cellular capabilities promises not only to bring extend broadband performance to mobile devices but also sets the stage for the second step in the evolution of IoT devices served by the cellular infrastructure. LTE Release 13 introduced two IoT standards: LTE Cat NB1 and LTE Cat M1. These two standards provide cellular connections that handle indoor, sensor-driven, battery, and mobile battery-powered devices, each expected to last multiple years. These standards are already setting the stage for the evolution from 4G to 5G.
The 3GPP organization has laid out an LTE Advanced Pro roadmap from Release 13 to 14 and beyond. A key part of this roadmap is the definition of 5G NR (New Radio). This radio is meant to provide a uniform performance experience, multi-Gbps speeds for upload and download, lower latency and lower cost.
5G also means an evolution for IoT and M2M cellular. NB-IOT will evolve to eNB-IOT (enhanced NarrowBand-IOT) with new power classes, improved mobility support and multicast messaging. eMTC (enhanced Machine Type Communication) be further enhanced (feMTC) with VoLTE (Voice over LTE) support and multicast messaging.
Palma Ceia is investing in wireless transceiver development that will help make this technology a commercial success.
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