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SigFox vs 5G | Difference between SigFox and 5G

This page compares SigFox vs 5G and mentions difference between SigFox and 5G.

Sigfox technology

It is based on Low Throughput Network based architecture. It offers low data rate communication. It supports larger distances and used for M2M and IoT apps requiring few bytes/day.

Sigfox network can coexist with cellular technologies such as LTE, 5G etc. It is defined in ETSI GS LTN 001, 002, 003 (Low Throughput Networks) documents.

sigfox network architecture

The figure-1 depicts sigfox network architecture. Following table mentions features of sigfox technology.

SigFox wireless system features

Refer SIGFOX tutorial which describes sigfox LTN architecture, sigfox protocol stack, Sigfox frame structure and more.

5G technology

The fifth generation technology is defined in 3GPP Release 15 and Beyond. The 5G NR (New Radio) technology has been published in dec. 2017 There are two modes under which 5G technology works viz. NSA and SA. In standalone mode, UE works by 5G RAT alone and LTE RAT is not needed. In non-standalone mode, LTE is used for control (C-Plane) functions e.g. call origination, call termination, location registration etc. where as 5G NR will focuse on U-Plane alone.

5G NR Overall architecture

The figure-2 depicts 5G NR network architecture. Following are the features of 5G wireless technology.
• Bandwidth: Supports 1Gbps or higher
• Frequency bands: Sub-1 GHz, 1 to 6 GHz, > 6 GHz in mm bands (28 GHz, 40 GHz), Refer 5G bands>>.
• Peak data rate: Approx. 1 to 10 Gbps
• Cell Edge Data rate: 100 Mbps
• End to End delay : 1 to 5 ms
• Refer 5G basic tutorial for more information on 5G wireless technology and its network architecture.

Tabular difference between SigFox and 5G

Following table mentions difference between SigFox and 5G wireless technologies.

Specifications Sigfox 5G
Spectrum Frequency 868 MHz (Europe), 915 MHz (USA) Licensed 700 to 900 MHz, Sub-1 GHz, 1-6 GHz , above 6 GHz bands
bandwidth 200 KHz Gbps or higher
Data rate 10 bps to 1000 bps < 1 Mbps to Gbps
Range (Outdoor) 30 to 50 Km (Rural), 3 to 10 Km (Urban) < 15 Km
MCL 160 dB 164 dB
Battery Life > 10 Years > 10 Years (IoT applications)
Availability 2020 Beyond 2020
latency in the range from ms to seconds Less than 1 ms
Typical usage less than 200 bytes/day (min.)
about 5 Kbytes/day (max.)
Greater than sigfox
Applications telemetry, alarm, sensing, control, tracking uRLLC (for Low Latency), mMTC (for IoT use cases) and eMBB (for high speed use cases)
RF Wireless World References Refer SIGFOX tutorial>> and
SIGFOX technology basics>>.
Refer 5G tutorial>>

SigFox tutorial RELATED LINKS

SIGFOX Tutorial Main Page   SIGFOX Network Architecture   SIGFOX Protocol Stack   SIGFOX Frame structure   Advantages and Disadvantages of Sigfox   SIGFOX Vs GSM   SIGFOX Vs Wireless M-Bus   SIGFOX technology basics   NB IoT vs SIGFOX vs LoRa  

5G NR Numerology | 5G NR Terminology

5G NR Control channels | 5G NR Traffic Channels | 5G NR Reference Signals and sequences


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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