GSMA announces device and application connectivity efficiency guidelines for IoT

Global operators agree new guidelines to define how Internet of Things (IoT) devices and applications should connect to a mobile network to ensure best performance and aid growth of IoT

GSMA announces device and application connectivity efficiency guidelines for IoT

The GSMA announced the publication of guidelines for the Internet of Things (IoT) market that outline how devices and applications should communicate via mobile networks in the most intelligent and efficient way today (13 October 2014).

The report, IoT Device Connection Efficiency Guidelines, has received the backing of leading mobile operators including AT&T, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, KT Corporation, Orange, NTT DOCOMO, Tata Teleservices, Telefónica, Telenor Connexion and VimpelCom. Ecosystem partners including Sierra Wireless and Jasper also aim to support device and application developers as the IoT market develops.

The guidelines include a number of best practice areas such as data aggregation within devices, non-synchronous network access, application scalability and guidance on how to manage signalling traffic from de-activated or out-of-subscription SIMs.

“It is imperative that the IoT market develops with the right standards and best practices in place, reducing undue pressure on mobile networks across the world and allowing the Internet of Things to grow unimpeded,” said Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer, GSMA.

“The GSMA has worked closely with its operator members to develop connection efficiency guidelines that ensure that IoT device and application makers can follow a common approach to create efficient, reliable services that can scale as the market grows and we encourage all parties to adopt these moving forward.”

The GSMA’s IoT Device Connection Efficiency Guidelines are intended for use by all players in the mobile ecosystem, ensuring that mobile networks can efficiently accommodate the increased number of connected devices and services resulting from the rapid growth of M2M.

According to GSMA Intelligence, the total number of mobile connections is expected to reach 7.4 billion in 2014 rising to 10 billion by 2020. The guidelines will help IoT device and application developers expand the number of devices connecting to mobile networks, whilst preventing service outages and ensuring optimal performance that will ultimately enable the market to scale across a diverse range of sectors including automotive, transportation, utilities and health.

In addition to the guidelines announced today, the GSMA is also undertaking a project to develop a common set of acceptance tests for IoT devices and applications to ensure best practices are being followed.

The project will establish a single, standard set of connection efficiency tests for IoT devices and applications, enabling players across the industry to develop and deploy IoT services with confidence.

The IoT Device Connection Efficiency Guidelines is an initiative developed by the GSMA Connected Living programme. The programme is designed to help operators accelerate the delivery of new connected devices and services in the M2M market.

It focuses on driving industry collaboration, promoting appropriate regulation and optimising networks to support the growth of M2M in the immediate future and the IoT in the longer term.

To download the IoT Device Connection Efficiency Guidelines please go to:


See also:

GSMA Embedded SIM Specification set to transform IoT market, says Beecham Research

Mobile industry backs GSMA Embedded SIM Specification for Internet of Things


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