AT&T Labs is working with tech leaders and providers to evaluate the performance of LTE-M network and chipset technology in a variety of situations
AT&T has revealed plans to accelerate the roll-out of its LTE-M network for Internet of Things (IoT) across the US and Mexico. The carrier expects to achieve nationwide coverage by the second quarter of 2017 and have LTE-M availability in Mexico by the end of the year.
The roll-out will ultimately support a North American footprint across the AT&T 4G LTE network in the US and Mexico. The 4G LTE network now covers nearly 400 million people in the US and Mexico.
The announcement follows a pilot of the AT&T LTE-M low-power wide-area network at AT&T Labs in San Ramon, California.
AT&T Labs is working with tech leaders and providers to evaluate the performance of LTE-M network and chipset technology in a variety of situations. This includes: smart water meters with Capstone Metering; smart pallets with RM2; shipping container monitoring with Xirgo Technologies; and connected vehicles and fleet and asset management with CalAmp.
“Thanks to the success of our pilot, we’re on track to support LTE-M devices across our commercial network in the US and Mexico ahead of schedule,” said Chris Penrose, president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T.
“We’re seeing real momentum for LTE-M that will let us connect more end points than ever before. And we can do it at a lower cost with superior performance and carrier-grade security.”
AT&T said LTE-M will be the catalyst for large-scale IoT deployments. Devices designed to operate on the LTE-M network have advantages over traditional IoT connectivity options including: lower device costs; longer battery life (up to 10 years); improved coverage underground and deep inside buildings; and smaller module sizes.
“We fully expect to have nationwide availability of LTE-M technology in Mexico by the end of 2017,” added Kelly King, CEO, AT&T Mexico. “This is huge for our enterprise customers. It’s an important step to help accelerate the speed of business.”
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