5G eMBB mMTC URLLC | difference between 5G eMBB mMTC URLLC

This page compares 5G eMBB vs mMTC vs URLLC and describes difference between 5G eMBB, mMTC and URLLC use cases. eMBB stands for Enhanced Mobile Broadband, mMTC stands for massive Machine Type Communication and URLLC stands for Ultra Reliability and Low Latency Communication.

• 5G stands for Fifth Generation Wireless technology used for voice and data calls.
• It is cellular wireless technology similar to GSM (2G), CDMA (3G) and LTE/LTE-advanced (4G).
• It is defined in 3GPP NR specifications under various sections like 4G (LTE).
• It operates in various licensed and unlicensed bands e.g. below 1 GHz, below 6 GHz and above 6 GHz.
• The initial 5G NR specifications are published in dec. 2017.
• There are two modes supported by 5G NR (New Radio) viz. Non-standalone and standalone. Non-standalone deployment relies on existing 4G LTE network where as standalone works independent of existing 4G LTE.
• 5G should support 20 Gbps in the downlink and 10 Gbps in the uplink as claimed by 5G network operators.
• eMBB, mMTC and URLLC are different use cases supported in 5G NR technology.



Following features are supported by 5G eMBB use case.
• eMBB stands for Enhanced Mobile Broadband.
• Peak data rate : 10 to 20 Gbps
• 100Mbps whenever needed.
• 10000 times more traffic
• Supports macro and small cells.
• Supports high mobility of about 500 Kmph.
• It helps in network energy savings by 100 times.


Following features are supported by 5G mMTC use case.
• mMTC stands for massive Machine Type Communications.
• It supports high density of devices (about 2 x 105 in 106/Km2)
• It supports long range.
• It supports low data rate ( about 1 to 100 Kbps).
• It leverages benefits of ultra low cost of M2M.
• It offers 10 years battery life.
• It provides asynchronous access.


Following features are supported by 5G URLLC use case.
• URLLC stands for Ultra Reliability and Low Latency Communications.
• It provides ultra responsive connections.
• It offers less than 1 ms air interface latency.
• It offers 5 ms end to end latency between UE (i.e. mobile) and 5G eNB (i.e. base station).
• It is ultra-reliable and available 99.9999% of the time.
• It provides low to medium data rates (about 50 kbps to 10 Mbps).
• It offers high speed mobility.

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This 5G tutorial also covers following sub topics on the 5G technology:
5G basic tutorial
5G Frequency Bands
5G millimeter wave tutorial
5G mm wave frame
5G millimeter wave channel sounding
Difference between 4G and 5G
5G testing and test equipments
5G network architecture
5G NR Physical layer
5G NR MAC layer
5G NR RLC layer
5G NR PDCP layer

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