Industry leaders like Ericsson, Orange and Intel are doing trials using a new technology – EC-GSM-IoT- that offers better indoor coverage. The trial demonstrated improved indoor coverage and shows that investments can be optimized through new software deployment on top of existing cellular networks.
This EC-GSM-IoT trial was conducted in Paris from November 2015 to February 2016, using the 900 MHz band. Coverage extension of 20dB beyond GSM coverage was reached, showing a seven-fold improvement in the range of low-rate applications. It also showed the ability to reach challenging locations such as deep indoor basements, where many smart meters are installed,or remote areas in which sensors are deployed for agriculture or infrastructure monitoring use cases.The live trial demonstrated excellent performances and proved the full coexistence of such devices with legacy mobile devices.
“The results of this trial represent a significant step forward for the industry. It demonstrates the viability and cost effectiveness of the technology, and paves the way for us to help the IoT ecosystem develop,” says Alain Maloberti, SVP of Orange Labs Networks.
EC-GSM-IoT or extended coverage GSM IoT which was formerly known as EC-EGPRS, is a new technology that enables new capabilities of existing cellular networks for LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) IoT applications. EC-GSM-IoT can be activated through new software deployed over a very large GSM footprint, adding even more coverage to serve IoT devices.
“Our cellular LPWA solutionallows operators to optimize their existing infrastructure with new software deployment. We are pleased with the results reached during the trial. EC-GSM-IoTis a promising technology offering new opportunities for massive IoT based on 3GPP standard evolutions,” says Arun Bansal, Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson.
This EC-GSM-IoT will be shown during MWC 2016 on the Ericsson booth as part of its smart agriculture and connected vineyards use case demo.