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What are LTE-M and NB-IoT?

Long term evolution (LTE) is a fourth-generation (4G) wireless standard that was introduced by the 3GPP consortium to provide higher network capacity and increased speed for cellular communication.

LTE-M, also known as LTE Cat M1 or eMTC, is a variant of the LTE standard that has been specifically introduced to support IoT applications that require less battery power and wider coverage.

NB-IoT is a narrow band LPWAN technology that operates in the licensed band and can coexist with LTE or GSM bands. The NB-IoT protocol is built on the LTE paradigm where it reuses the different building blocks and components of the physical and upper layers of the LTE protocol stack. NB-IoT reduces the protocol stack functionalities of LTE to a minimum and modifies them to fit the requirements of IoT applications.

Which patent owners participate in the Sisvel Cellular IoT programme?

An updated list of participating patent owners can be found at the following link. A licence under the Sisvel Cellular IoT programme covers all patents that are essential to the LTE-M and NB-IoT standards held by these companies.

Who should obtain a licence under the Sisvel Cellular IoT programme?

If you manufacture any IoT devices implementing LTE-M or NB-IoT, or if you are in the process of bringing such a device to market, you should contact us to obtain a licence under the programme.

What value does a licensee receive from a licence?

A licence under the Sisvel Cellular IoT programme covers all patents that are essential to the LTE-M and NB-IoT standards held by entities currently participating in the programme (see patent owners section) and all new ones that join in the future. Any new patents essential to the standards that these entities may come into possession of during the lifetime of the licence are also covered.

What products are covered?

The licence covers complete and ready to use products. Intermediary products and components are not licenced under this programme.

What technologies are covered by the licence?

The licence covers both LTE-M and NB-IoT.

What geographies are covered by the licence?

The Sisvel Cellular IoT programme offers a worldwide licence.

What is the royalty rate for a licenced product featuring both LTE-M and NB-IoT standard data connectivity?

The LTE-M royalty rate covers both LTE-M and NB-IoT, meaning that an LTE-M/NB-IoT product is only subject to the LTE-M royalty rate. 

What are the steps to becoming a licensee?

The first step is for Sisvel and a potential licensee to establish contact. Once this happens, Sisvel will explain how a licence under the programme works. A licensee will also be able to ask questions; for example, about the scope of the licence and the products it will cover.

The process is completed when the parties have signed the licence agreement. After this, the parties will stay in contact during the course of the licence in connection with, for example, the licensee’s royalty reporting.

What do I need to do to obtain a licence?

When a potential licensee is ready to sign an agreement and has provided relevant company information (e.g., name, address and contact details), Sisvel stands ready to support the preparation of a signature version of the agreement and assist throughout the signature process.

Today, most of our licence agreements are formalised using electronic signatures, but they can also be signed with ink on a hard copy.

The licence agreement is concluded when both the licensee and Sisvel have signed the agreement. It remains in force for the duration of the licensed term, or otherwise as set forth in its terms and conditions.

What is the term of the licence?

The standard term of the licence is five years.

What are the reporting requirements under the licence?

Licensees must report the sales of licensed products made or sold on a calendar quarterly basis.