Emerging Technologies for Machine-Type Communication Networks

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Machine-type data traffic volume in 5G networks will grow rapidly with widespread applications of MTC. The MTC devices, including home appliances, sensors, wearable devices, vehicles, and even low-altitude UAVs, will be made smarter with embedded advanced communication modules. However, a massive number of MTCDs with diverse QoS requirements cannot be served well by traditional wireless systems, which were primarily designed for human-type devices. New wireless technologies are needed to support distinct MTC network applications. In this article, five emerging MTC technologies, including Bluetooth 5, WiFi HaLow, LTE-M, NB-IoT, and WURs, are discussed, followed by a survey of 3GPP activities on vehicle-based and UAV-based MTC technologies, such as LTE-V2X and C-UAV for aerial vehicles. In the end, we also address the issues on the new trends for MTC networks with identified research challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8884232
Pages (from-to)214-222
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Network
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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