What Is Cellular LPWAN?

Cellular low-power wide-area network (LPWA or LPWAN) technologies are key Internet of Things (IoT) drivers. Cellular LPWAN enables devices that require long-range communications and low power consumption. The standards for these technologies — which include LTE Cat M1 (aka LTE-M) and LTE Cat NB1/NB2 (aka Narrowband IoT, NB-IoT) — were introduced in 3GPP’s Release (Rel) 13.

Cellular LPWAN technologies have five primary characteristics:

  • Low power consumption for 10 or more years of extended battery life
  • Wide area coverage and deep indoor penetration
  • High security by design
  • Support for more devices than unlicensed spectrum
  • Enables small, intermittent data exchanges

These features empower myriad applications across industries, from smart metering to IoT asset tracking.

You will learn:

  • How cellular LPWAN overcomes obstacles to adopting IoT
  • Why this technology helps mobile network operators with IoT application costs, coverage and power consumption requirements
  • What you need to know about leveraging cellular LPWAN in your IoT deployment