Massive Machine-Type Communications for New Radio

Project Key Information

Project Status: set-up

Start Date: June 2018

End Date: May 2021

Budget (total): 5563.5 K€

Effort: 46.6 PY

Project-ID: C2017/3-3

Project Coordinator

Name: Johan Torsner

Company: Oy L M Ericsson Ab Finland

Country: Finland


Project Consortium

Oy L M Ericsson Ab Finland, Finland

YL-verkot Oy, Finland

AALTO University, Finland

RANIOT, Finland

Emergence Oy, Finland

Fourdeg, Finland

Orange SA, France

Sequans Communications, France

EureCom, France

CTTC – Centro Tecnológico de Telecomunicaciones de Catalunya, Spain

UOC – Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

Worldsensing, Spain


The emerging IoT market relies on efficient and scalable wireless connectivity as a cornerstone and enabler for the diverse space of IoT applications that are foreseen by analysts and academia. Recent standardization efforts in 3GPP have led to the creation of NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies explicitly focusing on massive machine type communication (mMTC) and Internet of things (IoT) use cases. Current standardization efforts of 3GPP New Radio (NR) do however not address support for mMTC and the main focus of the ANTONIO project is to develop solutions for a future NR based IoT system suitable for standardization in Release 16 or beyond but selected enhancements may also be applicable to future versions of other systems such as NB-IoT or LTE-M.

The project will develop new solutions extending the capabilities of mobile systems beyond what current technologies such as NB-IoT and LTE-M can provide. New features will be evaluated and showcased in practical demonstrations with testbeds. Requirements will be derived from real world use cases and the feasibility supporting the use cases will be demonstrated. Technical challenges that will be addressed include operation at high frequencies, support for latency sensitive mMTC applications, spectrum flexibility, efficient co-existence with LTE, energy performance and support for extreme coverage.

The consortium has been designed to cover device, application, network infrastructure and network operation aspects.

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