Playbook for Cellular IoT Connectivity

Choosing the right connectivity option for your wide area IoT project can be complicated. We compare wide area networks (WANs), including high-performance cellular and Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWANs) alternatives, to help you choose.

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Playbook for Cellular IoT Connectivity

With any IoT project, trade-offs must be made when selecting how to connect your device. Factors to consider include latency, battery life, coverage, mobility, and throughput. From a mobility perspective, cellular may seem like the clear winner—providing much better transportability of devices than WiFi—however, not all cellular technologies are designed for devices that move around frequently. In particular, Narrowband IoT is a cellular technology that uses ‘active mode mobility,’ which means it can move around and report in new locations but it can’t ‘stream’ constant information as it does so.

Businesses have the freedom to choose the connectivity that suits their use cases arising from user need, rather than industry specificity. The introduction of IoT to businesses and consumers alike has the potential to create value in new ways and to transform how we live and work.

In this e-book, we compare wide area networks (WANs), including high-performance cellular and Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWANs) alternatives, to help you choose the right connectivity for your specific needs.

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Short on time? Here are the key takeaways:

  • Adoption of mobile phones has quickly accelerated radio networks globally, with more data and faster speeds. However, 2G, 3G, and high-speed LTE consume too much power and don’t suit applications where only a small amount of data is transmitted infrequently. When looking at high-performance cellular for your project, we take a deeper look at LTE Cat-4 and LTE Cat-1.
  • LPWAN is a category of wide area wireless technology designed to optimize four main application needs of IoT: cost, battery life, coverage, and network. By 2025, it’s expected that four billion IoT devices will rely on LPWA networks. When looking at the technical specifications for LPWAN the differences are small but important. In this eBook, we take a deeper look at NB-IoT and LTE M.