PTCRB Certification

PTCRB (PCS Type Certification Review Board) refers to the Personal Communication Services Type Certification Review Board, which was established by North American mobile operators in 1997. The organization‘s membership now extends beyond North America and includes mobile operators from around the world.


PTCRB and GCF certification tests for LTE Category M (eMTC) and NB-IOT

LTE Category M (eMTC, LTE Cat-M1) is the name of LTE-M (LTE-Machine-to-Machine) in 3GPP R13, and is an IoT technology based on LTE evolution. Known as LTE enhanced MTC (eMTC) in R13, it is designed to meet the needs of IoT devices based on existing LTE carriers.

NB-IoT Narrow Band Internet of Things (Narrow Band Internet of Things) is built on a cellular network and only consumes about 180KHz of bandwidth. NB-IoT is also called Cat-NB1.

Both LTE Category M and NB-IoT are a low-power wide-area network wireless technology LPWAN (low-power Wide-Area Network), both of which use low-bandwidth applications to connect IoT devices, with ultra-low throughput and power consumption. Other applications such as industrial sensors, asset trackers or wearables etc.

Today‘s wireless communication technologies for the Internet of Things are mainly divided into two categories: the first category is short-distance communication technologies such as Zigbee, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Z-wave. The second type of LPWAN is wide area network communication technology. LPWAN can be divided into two categories: (A) LoRa, SigFox and other technologies that work on unlicensed spectrum; (B) 2/3/4G cellular communication technologies that work on licensed spectrum and supported by 3GPP, such as EC-GSM , LTE Category M, NB-IoT, etc.

As a new economic growth point, the Internet of Things has fierce competition in the US telecommunications market and is developing rapidly. Sprint completed the nationwide deployment of LTE Cat 1 technology at the end of July 2017, and plans to start deploying LTE Category M in mid-2018. Starting from March 31, 2017, Verizon will deploy LTE Cat-M network throughout the United States, planning to cover a total area of 6.21 million square kilometers.

AT&T has provided LTE Cat-M1 network services in the United States since mid-2017 and conducted LTE Cat-M1 pilot tests in San Francisco, California, USA. Deutsche Telekom "activated" the world‘s first fully standardized NB-IoT network in Germany in the first quarter of 2017 and launched the first NB-IoT service package. Vodafone launched its first NB-IoT commercial network in Spain in the first quarter of 2017 and is preparing to launch NB-IoT commercial networks in Spain, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands.

LTE Category M and NB-IOT have been adopted by operators providing IoT services around the world. The certification process of LTE Category M (eMTC) and NB-IOT products is the same as that of PTCRB certification and GCF certification of other products.

Deeplight is willing to provide LTE Category M (eMTC) and NB-IOT products on PTCRB and GCF certification testing and certification, personal and economical testing and certification services, combined with the requirements of foreign operators to help many manufacturers in LTE Category M (eMTC) And NB-IOT products are certified by PTCRB and GCF to seize the opportunity in the rapid tide of the Internet of Things in the international market and succeed in the ever-changing global market. Shenguang Standard welcomes your inquiries.

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