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This report looks at LTE and its role in providing the connectivity layer for M2M, also known as cellular IoT. Topics include 3GPP standards development to make LTE more suitable for low-bandwidth and low-power applications, and how LTE M2M fits into the broader IoT landscape.


  • LTE, unlike older mobile technologies, is well positioned to handle both high-bandwidth and low-bandwidth IoT applications.
  • The narrowband LTE IoT standard could be commercially available before the end of 2016.

Features and Benefits

  • Lean how LTE M2M fits into the broader landscape of IoT
  • Learn what technology changes are under way with LTE to make it more suitable for a broader range of applications

Key questions answered

  • What is the difference between Cat-1, Cat-0, and Cat-M LTE modules?
  • Why are mobile operators interested in using LTE for M2M services?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations for players

Defining cellular M2M

  • M2M gives mobile operators an IoT solution that leverages their existing infrastructure and spectrum assets

LTE machine-type communications

  • LTE wants to be all things to all verticals when it comes to M2M
  • Network factors for LTE M2M success
  • Module options for LTE M2M success
  • The case for LTE versus other M2M technologies

Characteristics of LTE M2M opportunities

  • Bandwidth, battery life, and module cost shape current discussions
  • As connections increase, revenue per connection decreases
  • Industry vertical selectivity is important


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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