LTE-M (LTE-Machine) is a cellular network dedicated to the IoT, with technology that has been standardised by 3GPP. Orange has been marketing the network since the end of 2018.
There is a significant difference between LTE and LTE-M. The latter is a development of the former, optimising the use of radio frequencies. LTE-M is an LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network). These technologies enable the manufacturers of connected objects to transmit data over long distances with low energy consumption. LTE-M covers many use cases with high speeds and a large amount of data. It is very important for numerous IoT (Internet of Things) solutions.
In addition to all the services provided by LTE, LTE-M brings many benefits:
Finally, internationally, objects benefit from the simplicity of roaming on the LTE cell network, with additional energy saving functions: PSM and eDRX.
In a rare example among operators, Orange offers two of the main LPWAN technologies, with dense deployments and excellent complementarity.
LTE-M is the new service that offers the best compromise between speed and battery-life, making it ideal in several areas: smart city, industrial sector, logistics, etc.