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GSM vs EC-GSM | Difference between GSM and EC-GSM

This page compares GSM vs EC-GSM and describes difference between GSM and EC-GSM technologies.

Specifications GSM EC-GSM
Specification 3GPP Phase 1 GSM first introduced, Till Release 98 3GPP Release 13, as LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) Technology
Abbreviation Global System for Mobile Communications Extended Coverage GSM
Frequency Spectrum Licensed GSM Bands Licensed GSM Bands
Coupling Loss (Max) 144 dB 164 dB
Bandwidth 200 KHz 200 KHz
Max. Data Rate < 500 Kbps (DL/UL) < 140 Kbps (DL/UL)
Battery life Short Long, ~10 Years with 5WH battery based on traffic pattern and coverage requirements
Device Cost Higher Lower
Variable Rates 270.833 Kbps (Channel rate) GMSK (From 350 Kbps to 70 Kbps), 8PSK (Upto 240 Kbps)
Number of devices supported Lower Much higher
Security Better Best (Improved compare to GSM/EDGE)
Logical channels Same as GSM standard, Refer channel types >> . New logical channels are added
Power savings modes Not available PSM, eDRX are added, Refer PSM vs eDRX modes >> for more information.
Duplexing modes FDD and TDD modes with full duplex Hald Duplex FDD
Power class Various device power classes are supported for different gsm bands from 29 dBm to 43 dBm 33 dBm , 23 dBm


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