GSMA Launches LPWA Intiative To Promote IoT

GSMA-Launches-LPWA-Intiative-To-Promote-IoTThe GSMA today announced that it has established ‘Mobile IoT Initiative’, designed to address the use of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) solutions in licensed spectrum.

The “Mobile IoT Initiative” is backed by 26 of the world’s leading mobile operators, OEMs, chipset, module and infrastructure companies. The new group will work to accelerate the commercial availability of mobile IoT technology by facilitating demonstrations, proofs of concept and trials of a selection of complementary LPWA licensed spectrum technologies.

It will also provide analysis and feedback to assist 3GPP in standardising the technologies. It is expected that initial specifications for LPWA solutions will be completed by the end of 2015, with a first implementation in early 2016 and full commercial solutions following later in the year.

LPWA networks are designed for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications that have low data rates, long battery lives and that operate unattended for long periods of time. It is an emerging area of the Internet of Things (IoT) and represents a huge market opportunity as the IoT scales.

Analyst firms including Analysys Mason, Machina Research and Strategy Analytics anticipate that there will be 2.7 billion LPWA connections by 2022.

“The market opportunity for LPWA will be a significant driver in the development of the IoT and it’s essential that the mobile industry address the requirements for LPWA cases early on,” said Alex Sinclair, acting director general and chief technology officer, GSMA.

“The industry is clearly united behind the Mobile IoT Initiative, providing a common vision to accelerate the availability of industry standard solutions, removing market fragmentation and accelerating adoption,” added Sinclair.

LPWA technologies in licensed spectrum can be deployed in a simplified and cost-effective manner, without sacrificing key customer requirements, such as battery lifetime and security.

The initiative has been backed by key industry players including AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Canada, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Etisalat, Huawei, Gemalto, Intel, KDDI, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Ooredoo, Orange, Qualcomm, Sierra Wireless, Singtel, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telenor, Telstra, u-blox and Vodafone.

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