A brief terminology introduction is followed by presentation of device-specific communication requirements and possible network issues. The 3GPP mobile IoT solutions are introduced together with a brief descriptions of features added to better cope with increasing number of IoT devices within mobile networks.


General knowledge of the GSM/GPRS/UMTS/HSPA/LTE networks is recommended. The course is not very detailed and technical and therefore suitable mostly for non-technical personnel of different types of companies from mobile telecom industry.

Note: FoldOuts are not used in this training.

Course content

  • Terminology introduction: what is IoT, M2M, MTC, MIoT
  • IoT forecasts: ITU-R forecast on number of device subscriptions and device-generated traffic
  • Device requirements for various device types, impact on the networks, required changes and enhancements
  • IoT landscape: overview of various local- and wide-area networks for IoT communication
  • IoT communication layers: applications, common services, network layers
  • 3GPP mobile IoT radio solutions: introduction to LTE-M, NB-IoT and EC-GSM-IoT
  • 3GPP mobile IoT solutions in 5G systems
  • LTE device categories for LTE-M and NB-IoT
  • NB-IoT operation modes
  • Short discussion of radio and RAN features for Machine-Type Communication
  • Short discussion Core Network features for Machine-Type Communication
  • Summary of architecture enhancements for MTC


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