GSMA Operators Come Together To Strengthen LPWA Networks for IoT


Industry organization GSMA, which has been backed by AT&T, Qualcomm, and Intel, has come up with a program to strengthen cellular networks that support Machine to Machine (M2M) communication.  Ever increasing popularity has grabbed the eyeball of GSMA and has prompted it to work on Low Power Wide Area or LPWA network that can support applications with long battery support, low data rates, and long durations.

There are quite a few challenges that operators need to address before taking things forward. At this moment, no single technology can handle all use cases, so GSMA looks forward to developing its initiative for LET and GSM. According to company’s executive director Shane Rooney, GSMA has access to the cellular network, so it will be easier for the company to improvise its technology and make it feasible for IoT devices.

GSMA plans to finish initial specifications for setting up LPWA by the end of 2015 and first implementation in the first half of 2016. If everything goes as per plans, then the commercial roll out of 2017 will start in 2017. Some of the vendors and operators that have chipped in to support this initiative are – AT&T, China Mobile, Alcatel-Lucent, Deutsche Telekom, Huawei Technologies, Ericsson, Gemalto, KDDI, Intel, Nokia, Orange, NTT DoCoMo, Sierra Wireless, Telstra, Telefonica and Vodafone.

GSMA will keep coming up with updates regarding this initiative from time to time.



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