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Compare the attributes of NB-IoT, LTE-M, 3G, 4G & 5G

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TechnologyLoRaNB-IoT
(LTE Cat-M2)
LTE-M
(LTE Cat-M1)
4G
(LTE-Cat 1-6)
5G
(LTE-Cat16)
Global-Standards-Based1Global Standards
Major-mno-support1 Major MNO Support
Typical-Connection-Speed1 Typical Connection Speed
(Download / Upload)
Up to 0.05 Mbps0.07 Mbps/0.03 MbpsUp to 1 Mbps10-100Mbps/5-50Mbps600 Mbps/120 Mbps
coverage Coverage
(Decibel (dB) gain GSM)
+5dB GSM
(Good for high density use)
+20dB GSM 
(Wide area & strong subterranean penetration)
+11dB GSM 
(Wide area & good subterranean penetration)
-4dB GSM -28dB GSM 
connection-frequencyConnection FrequencySometimes connectedSometimes connectedFrequently ConnectedAlways ConnectedAlways Connected
mobilityMobilitySeamless connectivity within managed networkHandover between cells not supportedSeamless connectivity between cellsSeamless connectivity between cellsSeamless connectivity between cells
Response-TimeResponse TimeMediumSlow 
~1 sec
Medium 
~100ms
Fast
~40ms
Immediate
~1ms
Total-Cost-of-OwnershipTotal Cost of OwnershipDeployment SpecificLow 
(low module costs and long device lifecycle)
Low 
(low module costs and long device lifecycle)
Med/HighHigh
power-efficiencyPower EfficiencyVery High 
(up to 10 year battery life)
Very High 
(up to 10 year battery life)
High 
(up to 7 year battery life)
Typically mains powered
(Up to 1 year battery life)
Typically mains powered
(Up to 1 year battery life)
power-savingPower Saving Mode (PSM)
extended-sleep-cycleExtended Sleep Cycle (eDRX)
international-roamingInternational Roamingn/a
May be restricted by some networks

May be restricted by some networks

May be restricted by some networks

May be restricted by some networks
smsSMS
two-way-voiceTwo-way Voice

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