IoT News from Mobile World Congress

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By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Feb 25, 2016

Mobile World Congress (MWC), the largest technology conference in the mobile communications world, is happening this week in Barcelona. Here's a roundup of IoT-related news coming out of the event.

Significant Buzz Around Developing Mobile Standards
Much of the news coming out of MWC is related to 5G, the fifth-generation cellular communications protocol that supports data speeds of 10 to 20 gigabits per second, with very low latency, and which is seen as a key building block for IoT applications, such as autonomous transportation, that will require mobile broadband communications. Companies also announced progress in developing Narrow Band Long-Term Evolution (NB-LTE) networks. NB-LTE, which is moving toward standardization, uses narrow bands of cellular radio spectrum to transmit short packets of data, making it applicable to many IoT use cases, such as smart metering, for which standard LTE broadband is overkill.

Intel announced a range of 5G projects, including a partnership with LG Electronics (which provides components for General Motors' 4G LTE OnStar telematics system) to develop and pilot a 5G vehicular telematics system, which the companies say will support vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-pedestrian communication capabilities.
T-Mobile US and Nokia are jointly developing a pre-standards 5G test network for lab and field trials during the second half of 2016. Verizon and Nokia said they recently conducted a 5G field trial in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. (The International Telecommunication Union, which sets mobile communication standards, is not expected to finalize a 5G standard until 2020.)
• Nokia, working with Intel and Vodafone Group, demonstrated an NB-LTE network at MWC, showing use cases for both urban and rural areas.
• Singapore-based telco Singtel said it will partner with Ericsson to begin a NB-LTE trial later this year, in Singapore.

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