Scalability Analysis of Medium Access Control Protocols for Internet of Things

  • Nurzaman AhmedEmail author
  • Hafizur Rahman
  • Md. Iftekhar Hussain
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 508)


The concept of Internet of Things (IoT) opens up a new vision for the future Internet where not only the users or computing systems but also the everyday objects are capable of processing, communicating, sensing, and actuating. Various IoT applications help in quality of living through the deployment of massive number of devices equipped with wireless communication capability. In supporting the requirements of such IoT applications with massive number of heterogeneous devices, Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol holds the key responsibility of optimal utilization of network bandwidth. This paper compares the performance of contention-based, reservation-based and hybrid MAC protocols in the context of large scale networks for IoT. Further, it provides a survey of the key requirements, technical challenges, and existing works on scalable MAC protocols for supporting efficient communications in IoT. We highlight the problems and prospects of existing MAC protocols and identify the factors for improvement and future direction.


Internet of things Machine-to-machine communication Hybrid MAC Scalable MAC 



This work has been supported by the project titled “QoS Provisioning in Internet of Things (IoT)” (Ref No. 13 (7)/2015-CC&BT dated: 28/09/2015) funded by DeitY (CC & BT), Govt. of India.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nurzaman Ahmed
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hafizur Rahman
    • 1
  • Md. Iftekhar Hussain
    • 1
  1. 1.North-Eastern Hill UniversityShillongIndia

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