bigsnake49 Posted March 30, 2017 Share Posted March 30, 2017 It’s no longer about when LTE Category M1 will be widely available. Verizon announced that it will launch the first nationwide commercial 4G LTE Cat M1 network tomorrow. It’s a game changer, according to the company, representing a new class of LTE chipset designed for sensors running on data plans as low as $2 per month per device, with customized options available for bulk activations and volume purchases. That's a big deal in the U.S. Internet of Things space, closing the gap where some solutions not based on LTE standards enjoyed an earlier time to market. Companies like Ingenu, Sigfox and those using LoRa-based technology have been able to offer IoT solutions, while products that were in the pipeline to meet LTE standards took longer to bring to market. But as Mike Lanman, senior vice president of business products and IoT at Verizon put it, “I think it more than closes the gap.” Because most of those technologies are fledgling, and they might have a few deployments here and there, "when you wake up tomorrow morning, the entire 2.4 million square miles of coverage on the Verizon LTE network will be enabled,” Lanman explained, meaning you don’t have to wait around for long-term deployments “that may or may not happen.” http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/verizon-launching-nationwide-lte-cat-m1-network-for-iot Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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