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LTE and 5G Technologies Enabling the Internet of Things

The term Internet of Things has been coined to describe the vision of an interconnected network of physical objects that interact with people, other physical objects and systems to benefit society in unprecedented ways. To this end, IoT is seen as the catalyst for the empowerment of everyone and everything to reach their full potential in a world that has already seen how wireless communication can improve life in every corner of the society. This paper examines the essential aspects that encompass the development of IoT uses cases specifically enabled by cellular 3GPP technologies. An overview of IoT market drivers and requirements for IoT use cases, frames a detailed description of key radio access mechanisms that 3GPP is specifying in the context of enabling and encouraging the use of cellular connectivity to start bringing IoT services to market as early as end of this year.

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