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R. Yasmin, J. Petäjäjärvi, K. Mikhaylov and A. Pouttu, "On the integration of LoRaWAN with the 5G test network," 2017 IEEE 28th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), Montreal, QC, 2017, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.1109/PIMRC.2017.8292557

On the integration of LoRaWAN with the 5G test network

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Author: Yasmin, Rumana1; Petäjäjärvi, Juha1; Mikhaylov, Konstantin1;
Organizations: 1Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2017
Publish Date: 2018-06-29


The major focus of the low power wide area networks (LPWAN) is to provide energy efficiency and large coverage to Internet of Things (IoT) applications that do not require a large bandwidth. There are several LPWAN technologies that can enable these functionalities such as SigFox, LoRa Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN), Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT), and Weightless. The estimates of the number of wireless IoT devices in the near future are between 20 Billion to even 75 Billion. At the very same time the development and deployment of the 5th generation of mobile networks (5G) is rolling out. Among others, the new technology will deliver huge capacity which can be employed for enabling the backbone connectivity for LPWAN. Therefore, there is a need to have possibility to seamlessly integrate LPWANs with the upcoming 5G. In this work, we investigate how one can integrate the LoRaWAN with the 5G Test Network (5GTN) running in the University of Oulu, Finland. Furthermore, one of the options discussed is implemented in practice and its operation is verified. At the moment the implementation is used for wide range of other research activities beside this work, enabling a third party to bring their LoRaWAN compliant devices for testing and application development.

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Series: IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications workshops
ISSN: 2166-9570
ISSN-E: 2166-9589
ISSN-L: 2166-9570
ISBN: 978-1-5386-3531-5
ISBN Print: 978-1-5386-3529-2
Article number: 8292557
DOI: 10.1109/PIMRC.2017.8292557
Host publication: 2017 IEEE 28th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC)
Conference: IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This work has been partially funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes) through VIRPA C project. The acquisition of the hardware for this study has also been partially funded by the ERDF project A71720, 'Big Data for 5G', governed by the HILLA program (
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