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WCA IoT SIG presents: LTE MTC (formerly LTE-Lite) - Tailored to M2M and/or Smart Grid?

January 21st 2015, 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Panel from 6:30pm to 8:30pm)
Venue: Detati Digital Marketing, 265 Caspian Dr., Sunnyvale CA 94089 (Directions/Map)
Cost: $20 through January 11th, $30 afterwards. Refreshments will be provided.

3GPP has started to investigate feasibility of a low cost machine type communication (LC-MTC) terminal class in LTE networks in Release 12 aiming to be competitive with that of GSM/GPRS terminals targeting the same low-end MTC market with improved coverage.

Among the various applications provided by LTE, MTC is one of the most promising applications due to its low cost and easy deployment. It is predicted the MTC promises huge market growth with expected 50 billion connected devices by 2020. However, it is challenging to cohabitate MTC with the conventional voice and Internet traffic. This is because the current LTE/LTE-A system are primarily designed for a continuous flow of information, at least in terms of the timescales needed to send several IP packets (often large for user plane data), which makes the signaling overhead manageable. While the analysis of emerging M2M application scenarios such as smart metering/monitoring, e-health, and vehicle has revealed that in majority of cases, the MTC traffic has the following specific features:

  • Low mobility
  • Short and small number of packets
  • Uplink-dominant packets
  • Massive UEs in a cell
  • Low cost for mass-market acceptance
  • Power constraint

...which differ significantly from regular voice and Internet traffic. Therefore for MTC applications, further optimizations and cost reduction are needed to lower the signaling overhead and optimize the system performance.

Register now at LTEmtc.eventbrite.com - Discount registration will end on January 11th - Act now! We look forward to seeing you.

-- Matt Branda, Staff Manager Technical Marketing, Qualcomm
-- Syed Zaeem Hosain, CTO, Aeris Communications
-- Daria Stehling, Business Development Manager, 7Layers
-- Intel (invited)
-- Silver Spring Networks (invited)
-- Sierra Wireless (invited)
-- Ericsson (invited)

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