Tech giants Ericsson, Orange, and Intel have announced the successful completion of a coverage trial for the Internet of Things (IoT) using EC-GSM-IoT.
EC-GSM-IoT is a new technology that facilitates new competencies of existing cellular networks for LPWA (low power wide area) IoT applications. It can be activated via new software deployed over a very large GSM footprint, building even more coverage for IoT devices.
Alain Maloberti, SVP of Orange Labs Networks, said: “The results of this trial represent a significant step forward for the industry. It demonstrates the viability and cost effectiveness of the technology, and paves the way for us to help the IoT ecosystem develop.”
The EC-GSM-IoT trial was undertaken in Paris from November 2015 to February 2016 utilising the 900 MHz band. A coverage extension of 20 dB beyond GSM coverage was achieved, ensuring a seven-fold enhancement in the range of low-rate applications. The trial also manifested capabilities in reaching tough locations such as deep indoor basements, where many smart meters are installed, or remote areas in which sensors are deployed for agriculture or infrastructure monitoring use cases.
Arun Bansal, head of business unit radio at Ericsson, said: “Our cellular LPWA solution allows operators to optimise their existing infrastructure with new software deployment. We are pleased with the results reached during the trial. EC-GSM-IoT is a promising technology offering new opportunities for massive IoT based on 3GPP standard evolutions.”
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