Massive Machine-Type Communications in 5G: Physical and MAC-Layer Solutions
Journal article, 2016

MTC are expected to play an essential role within future 5G systems. In the FP7 project METIS, MTC has been further classified into mMTC and uMTC. While mMTC is about wireless connectivity to tens of billions of machine-type terminals, uMTC is about availability, low latency, and high reliability. The main challenge in mMTC is scalable and efficient connectivity for a massive number of devices sending very short packets, which is not done adequately in cellular systems designed for human-type communications. Furthermore, mMTC solutions need to enable wide area coverage and deep indoor penetration while having low cost and being energy-efficient. In this article, we introduce the PHY and MAC layer solutions developed within METIS to address this challenge.

Electrical & Electronic




C. Bockelmann

Universität Bremen

N. Pratas

Aalborg University

H. Nikopour

Intel Corporation

K. Au

Tommy Svensson

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Communication and Antenna Systems, Communication Systems

C. Stefanovic

Aalborg University

P. Popovski

Aalborg University

A. Dekorsy

Universität Bremen

IEEE Communications Magazine

0163-6804 (ISSN)

Vol. 54 9 59-65

Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for Twenty-twenty (2020) Information Society (METIS)

European Commission (FP7), 2012-11-01 -- 2015-04-30.

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Computer Engineering

Communication Systems

Embedded Systems



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