This is part 7 of my series on Cellular-Internet of Things (CIoT) and NB-IoT. So far I always thought things above layer 2 were simple. There’s IP and that’s it then. But recently I came across an interesting paper by Rhode & Schwarz that suggests that this might not necessarily be the case.
The Internet of Things (IoT) that some are also calling the “Internet of Targets” is currently one of the hot topics in wireless. One flavor of IoT is Cellular-IoT for devices that for some reason can’t be connected to a local area network and only infrequently transmit small amounts of data.
Back in 2016 and 2017 I had quite a number of articles on NB-IoT, the Narrow Band Internet of Things technology that can run alongside LTE to connect things to the Internet over the cellular network. From being very power efficient to run over years on batteries to increased in-house coverage, the standard contains a … Continue reading NB-IoT From Theory To Practice
With hundreds of thousands of IoT devices in mobile networks it seems that every now and then, bad behavior in failure scenarios on the application level leads to, well lets say, interesting behaviors on the network layer. While most network operators keep such incidents to themselves, Annex A of GSMA TS.34 (IoT Connectivity Guidelines about … Continue reading IoT Failures With Network Impact
Back in April I wrote a post about a breakthrough Arduino board with a Sigfox chip bundled with a 2 year network subscription. It has since arrived and a number of posts about how it performs in practice will come soon. In the initial post I wrote that in my opinion that’s where 3GPP network … Continue reading An NB-IoT Shield That Includes A 1 Year T-Mobile NL Subscription
In an earlier post I had a a look at the different options for Cellular IoT (NB-IoT) when it comes to connectivity. One of the options is to use the cellular control plane to forward the raw data without wrapping it into IP data packets (NIDD, Non-IP data delivery). At the time I wondered a … Continue reading Does an IoT device need an IP address?
I’m probably one of the few people on this planet who appreciates and uses IPv6 both over my DSL connection at home and also over my cellular connection. Unfortunately there is one thing missing on the mobile side: Unrestricted incoming IPv6 access.
It’s been a while since I talked about LTE based technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT) or Machine to Machine (M2M) communication. Slowly but steadily, we are now seeing NB-IoT and CAT-M1 technology deployed in practice even though I would have thought things would move faster. 3GPP has not slept in the meantime, however, … Continue reading CAT-M Evolution in 3GPP Rel. 14
We are quite a bit into January 2018 already and I still haven’t come around to reflect which things from back in 2017 ‘moved’ me. But finally here we go this is my 2017 round up from cellular to history.
The vision for 4G networks was quite clear: Get a faster cellular network standard that supports more subscribers simultaneously. When it comes to 5G the vision is not quite as clear as pretty much everything wireless that is imaginable has been thrown into the pot. But will any of it make a difference? William Webb … Continue reading Book Review: The 5G Myth