LTE-M and NB-IoT Training Workshop

Commitment 2 Days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


NB-IoT and LTE-M are two new low power wide area (LPWA) technologies developed for surging Internet of Things (IoT) applications. LTE-M and NB-IoT Crash Course is a 2-day customized LTE training class on the fundamentals of LTE access technology focusing on LTE-M and NB-IoT.

The LTE-M and NB-IoT Training Workshop course provides an in-depth overview of the various aspects of the new LTE-based radio, LTE-M connectivity, and NB-IoT concepts optimized for IoT. This training is important because the Internet of Things has demonstrated a clear market need for utility, power, and energy-related businesses to have battery-efficient connectivity to unlock the true potential of IoT. NB-IoT (Narrowband-IoT) and LTE-M (Long Term Evolution For Machines) technologies transmit between battery-operated devices and are suitable for long-range connections. This provides excellent affordable coverage even in hard-to-reach areas including the underground.

With thousands of interconnected IoT devices spread over great distances (and growing), this is important.

LTE-M is the simplified industry term for the LTE-MTC low power wide area (LPWA) technology standard published by 3GPP in the Release 13 specification. It specifically refers to LTE Cat M1, suitable for the IoT. LTE-M is a low-power wide-area technology that supports IoT through lower device complexity and provides extended coverage while allowing the reuse of the LTE installed base.

This allows a battery lifetime of as long as 10 years or more for a wide range of use cases, with the modem costs reduced to 20-25 percent of the current EGPRS modems. LTE Cat-M technology is one of the two answers that 3GPP has for the rise in IoT-only network technology. The other 3GPP technology is NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT), which uses an even simpler access scheme (Single Carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access) to further drive down cost and complexity. As a dedicated LPWAN standard, IoT LTE-M enables lower costs, small footprints, and innovative low-power optimization.

  • 2 days of LTE-M and NB-IoT Training Workshops with an expert instructor
  • LTE-M and NB-IoT Workshop Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Upon completing this LTE-M and NB-IoT Training Workshop course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • List IOT and 3GPP, GSMA, ITU-T, and ETSI References
  • Differentiate between 3GPP and non-3GPP IoT Standards
  • Describe 3GPP Network Characteristics
  • Describe cellular network architecture and LTE radio and backbone
  • List LTE Radio and Backbone Features
  • Learn more about 3GPP Standardized IoT Features
  • Distinguish among MTC, eMTC, LTE-M, and NB-IoT
  • Describe IoT and LTE-M use cases
  • Differentiate between LTE-M and NB-IOT Standards
  • Explain wireless optimizations techniques and tools for IoT such as Power Save Mode (PSM) and eDRX
  • We can adapt this LTE-M and NB-IoT Training Workshop course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this LTE-M and NB-IoT Training Workshop course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the LTE-M and NB-IoT Training Workshop around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the LTE-M and NB-IoT Training Workshop course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this LTE-M and NB-IoT Training Workshop course:

  • Engineers, technical and product marketing professionals working for wireless operators, utility companies, equipment, and device manufacturers, as well as security professionals, IoT architects, and designers.

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this LTE-M and NB-IoT Training Workshop course are:

  • Understanding of networking, wireless, and Internet technologies.


Overview of Basic 3GPP and LTE Network Terms
  • Definitions of Key 3GPP Terms
  • LTE Abbreviations
  • Long Term Evolution (LTE)
  • LTE Radio and Core Network Architecture
  • LTE Network Components
  • Home Subscriber Server (HSS)
  • Forbidden PLMN (FPLMS)
  • Home Public Land Mobile Network (HPLMN)
  • Visited Public Land Mobile Network (VPLMN)
  • User Equipment (UE)
  • Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC)
  • Embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC)
  • Subscriber Identity Module (SIM)
  • Embedded Subscriber Identity Module (eSIM)
  • International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI)
  • International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI)
  • Radio Access Technology (RAT)
  • Enhanced Node B (eNB)
  • Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA)
  • Uplink versus. Downlink (UL/DL)
  • Radio Resource Control (RCC)
  • Frequency Division Duplex (FDD)
  • Time Division Duplex (TDD)
  • Channel Quality Indicator (CQI)
  • Discontinuous Reception (DRX)
  • Extended Discontinuous Reception (eDRX)
  • Power Saving Mode (PSM)
  • Type Allocation Code (TAC)
  • Tracking Area Update (TAC)
  • Evolved Packet System (EPS)
  • Mobility Management Entity (MME)
  • EPS Mobility Management (EMM)
  • IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • IoT poses unique challenges
  • Wireless optimizations for IoT
  • IoT versus CIoT – Cellular IoT
  • Machine Type Communications (MTC)
  • Machine Identity Module (MIM)
3GPP Network Characteristics
  • Basics of access technology
  • Access technologies in GPRS/ UMTS/ CDMA
  • GPRS/UMTS (PDP Context)
  • Long Term Evolution (LTE) access
  • OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access)
  • MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output)
  • Radio protocol architecture (e.g. PHY, MAC, RLC, PDCP, RRC, NAS)
  • Usage of a control channel and/or user channel
  • LTE Attach and EPS Bearer
  • LTE-M and NB-IoT Training Workshop
LTE Radio and Backbone Features
  • UE, eNB, EPC, and MCE
  • Coverage Enhancement Modes A and B
  • Multitone transmissions
  • SON (Self Organizing Network)
  • Minimization of Drive test (MDT)
  • Carrier Aggregation
  • TDD support in LTE
  • Identification of LTE cells
  • RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indicator)
  • RSRP (Reference Signal Received Power)
  • RSRQ (Reference Signal Received Quality)
  • LTE Timers
  • T3402, T3412, T3412ext2, T3324, TeDRX, TPTW
  • Cell Search, Selection, and Reselection
  • qRxlevMin (the minimum required Rx level in the cell), qRxlevMinCE-r, qRxlevMinCE1-r
Overview of 3GPP, GSMA, ITU-T, and ETSI References – IoT
  • 3GPP and Non-3GPP IoT solutions
  • GSMA Mobile Internet of Things (MIoT)
  • Basics of LTE (Long-Term Evolution)
  • MTC, eMTC, M2M, LTE, LTE-M and NB-IoT
  • Cellular IoT versus non-cellular IoT
  • Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN)
  • Shortcomings of Existing Networks
  • Cellular LPWA (LTE-M, NB-IoT)
  • 3GPP LTE-M
  • 3GPP NB-IOT (Narrowband IoT)
  • Relation/ differences between LTE-cat1, LTE cat-M1/2, LTE-cat NBI/IoT
  • Simpler access scheme (Single Carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access)
  • Factors drive down cost and complexity
  • Mesh Networks
3GPP Standardized IoT Features
  • 3GPP Release Features
  • 3GPP Release 11 Features
  • 3GPP Release 12 Features
  • 3GPP Release 13 Features
  • 3GPP Release 14 Features
  • 3GPP Release 15 Features
  • Beyond 3GPP Release 15 Features
 Overview of LPWA: Comparison between LTE, NB-IoT, and LTE-M
  • Low power, low cost, low mobility, and long battery life
  • Licensed LTE
  • Unlicensed LTE
  • Key LPWAN players
  • LPWAN network technologies defined by 3GPP
  • Low Power Wide Area (LPWA)
  • 3GPP-defined LPWA technology options include LTE-M (or enhanced machine type communication) and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT)
  • MTC, eMTC, NB-LTE and EC-GSM
  • Network and relevant UE categories (e.g., Category M1 and Category NB1)
  • Licensed versus Unlicensed Channels
  • Modulation Rate and RF Sensitivity
  • Noise Floor & Processing Gain
  • Interference & Performance
Overview of LTE-M Features
  • Energy efficiency
  • eDRX (Extended Discontinuous Reception)
  • PSM (Power Saving Mode)
  • Compatibility with existing LTE cellular networks
  • LTE-M supporting voice functionality (VoLTE)
  • LPWA technologies using the licensed band (aka LTE-M, NB-IoT, and EC-GSM-IoT)
  • 3GPP Release 13 and the following Releases
  • Category of UEs that support power consumption optimizations
LTE-M and NB-IoT Training Workshop – LTE-M Architecture
  • Minimum Baseline for LTE-M Interoperability
  • LTE-M Interoperability: Risks and Benefits
  • LTE-M Data Architecture
  • LTE-M Deployment Bands
  • LTE-M Configuration Guide
  • PSM Standalone Timers
  • eDRX Standalone
  • PSM and e-DRX Combined Implementation
  • High Latency Communication
  • GTP-IDLE Timer on IPX Firewall
  • Long Periodic TAU
  • Support of Category M1
  • Support of Half Duplex Mode in LTE-M
  • Extension of coverage features (CE Mode A / B)
  • Service Capability Exposure Function (SCEF)
  • VoLTE
  • Connected Mode Mobility
  • SMS Support
  • LPWAN Key Concepts
  • Link Budget
  • Security and privacy features in LTE-M
LTE-M Cellular Technology Details
  • Technology for Internet of Things (IoT) devices to connect directly to a 4G network
  • LTE Cat-M1 or category M1 (Cat. M1)
  • LTE-M (also known as CAT M1)
  • LTE-M as a communication standard geared towards IoT devices
  • LTE-M and Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) connectivity methods
  • Network and UE Characteristics
  • Network architecture enhancements
  • Overview of UE categories
  • LTE-M and Cat M1: A closer look
  • NB-IoT and Cat NB1: A closer look
  • Comparison between NB-IoT and LTE-M
  • NB-IoT versus LTE-M vs. 5G
  • System Bandwidth
  • LTE Downlink/Uplink Peak Rate
  • Frame structures
  • Usage of slots and possible bandwidth
  • Access procedure for a channel
  • Why are LTE-M1 different control channels compared with LTE-Cat1
  • Indoor/ outdoor coverage aspects
  • LTE-M system performance
  • LTE-M Trends towards 5G
  • LTE-cat M1 and LTE-cat M2
  • Overview of LTE modules in the market and their specific functionality/behavior
  • Extended coverage and lower complexity
  • MIoT (CAT M1, CAT NB1 from Release 13 and CAT M2, CAT NB2 from Release 14)
LTE-M and NB-IoT Training Workshop – 5G Systems and IoT
  • 5G System Overview
  • New frequency spectrum, new radio with tight integration with LTE and WiFi
  • Cloud architecture, NFV, and SDN
  • Need for evolved mobile broadband (eMBB)
  • Ultrareliable low latency services (URLLC)
  • massive machine type communication (mMTC)
LTE-M Design, Implementation, Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Road maps
  • Requirements for mission-critical applications
  • LTE-M Design and Implementation
  • LTE-M Operations and Maintenance (O&M)
  • LTE UE Category & Class definitions
  • LTE User Equipment categories or classes
  • 9 different LTE UE categories
  • Performance specifications
  • LTE Cat 0, 1 and 2
  • LTE Cat 3, LTE Cat 4 and LTE Cat 0
  • LTE Cat 7 and LTE Cat 8
  • LTE UE category rationale
  • LTE UE category parameters
  • Power consumption for critical applications
  • The complexity of the modem
  • Power draw and modem cost
  • Choice of the modem will depend on your application
  • Battery Life
  • Issues with eDRX and PSM
  • “deep sleep” mode
  • Power Savings Mode (PSM)
  • extended discontinuous reception (eDRX)
  • Service Costs
  • Deciding between LTE-M and NB-LoT
  • Analyzing key differences between these two technologies
  • Latency and speed
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