LTE-M Network for Internet of Things gains global momentum

Learn about the network that appears to be going global

by Chris Penrose

LTE-M is the workhorse for Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) connectivity and a catalyst for large-scale IoT deployments. It allows smaller module sizes, lower costs, longer battery life and better in-building coverage than traditional IoT connectivity options, with carrier-grade security.

We’re off to a fast start.

  • We launched North America’s first commercial LTE-M site for our pilot in San Francisco last October.
  • We’re working with enterprises and technology providers in our pilot to improve the performance of LTE-M network and chipset technology under various use cases.
  • We’re on track to deploy LTE-M nationwide across the U.S. by June 30 and in Mexico by the end of the year.
  • LTE-M will be priced to include monthly, annual, and multi-year plans at launch.

At Mobile World Congress 2017, it was apparent LTE-M is not just happening in North America. It’s going global.

Like AT&T, KDDI (Japan), KPN (Netherlands), NTT DOCOMO (Japan), Orange (29 countries), Telefónica (Europe),  Telstra (Australia), and TELUS (Canada) are moving to deploy LTE-M across four continents to more than 30 countries.

They see the potential in this technology for businesses around the globe. With these deployments comes global scalability that will amplify the advantages even more.

Recently, GSMA released a statement predicting that LPWA networks, including LTE-M, will surpass 2G, 3G, and 4G connectivity. At that pace, GSMA projects that LPWA networks will become the leading IoT technology in five years with a total of 1.4 billion connections by 2022.

We’re pressing ahead.  We look forward to collaborating with our global counterparts to bring the benefits of the IoT to businesses worldwide through LTE-M.