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Are you looking to expand your Internet of Things solutions and need to connect devices in a highly secure, cost-effective, reliable way? Utilize the LTE-M network, designed and optimized for IoT.

IoT wireless networks are evolving to help meet the needs of a wide variety of connected devices and services—from wearables, automotive, and residential to street lighting, utility meters, industrial automation devices, and so much more. When making decisions on IoT system architectures, you want coverage (including good penetration in buildings and underground), long battery life, and lower costs. You also need a reliable, scalable network that offers nationwide coverage and carrier-grade security.

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Now, with LTE-M, you can get the highly secure benefits of cellular with optimized features designed specifically for IoT industries and applications.

LTE-M (also referred to as LTE Cat-M1) is a Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) technology deployed by AT&T to support today’s IoT devices, even in the most challenging environments. It is highly secure, has features that can lower power consumption to extend battery life, enhances coverage to connect hard-to-reach devices, and comes at a lower cost than standard LTE. It is the first network on a dedicated spectrum that is optimized for IoT.

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Customer use cases

LTE-M is a licensed 3GPP standard air interface technology evolution of LTE, built specifically for the Internet of Things. This innovative technology offers a unique combination of enhanced coverage and longer battery life with carrier-grade security for a new generation of industries and applications. Below are just a few of the use cases where LTE-M could be applicable:

Smart cities: utilities

Meters are typically installed underground or in deep basements and garages, where receiving signals can be problematic. Because meters are often not in proximity to power sources, they need to run on battery power for at least several years. Battery change interval can be an important cost factor. LTE-M offers coverage enhancement to better penetrate walls and underground, plus power-saving features that extend battery life to last up to ten years. These are a few ways how LTE-M offers positive changes in utilities monitoring and services.

Photo: LTE-M smart cities utilities

Asset management

LTE-M is designed to support a massive number of devices. Research shows that the number of connected devices will increase 4.5x to over 27 billion by 2025.* Lower cost modules enable enterprises in the asset management vertical to connect even more devices. LTE-M will eventually allow for tower handoff, giving it the same strong mobility characteristics found in traditional cellular, which is extremely helpful for customers who want to track movement over local or wide areas. LTE-M opens exciting possibilities in tracking and asset monitoring from shipping containers to fleet vehicles, and even in locating valuable assets, children, or pets.

Photo: LTE-M asset management, designed to support a massive amount of devices

Retail

Many large retailers are concerned about security using Wi-Fi and other unlicensed technologies but need the coverage that they provide for their devices. LTE-M addresses the concerns of coverage and costs while providing a stable and highly secure network. For example, retailers now have the ability to employ a range of sensors in their locations that use low-cost, low-power LTE-M connections to monitor everything from customer engagement with physical inventory on the shelf to the movement of shoppers themselves.

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Photo: LTE-M retail Photo: LTE-M retail

Product features

  • Mobile operator managed network based on 3GPP standards
  • Superior performance and carrier-grade security
  • Licensed spectrum eliminates the potential for signal interference
  • Power Saving Mode and extended discontinuous reception (eDRX) to enable longer battery life (up to 10+ years)
  • Coverage Enhancement (CE) to achieve coverage in challenging environments such as underground and deep inside buildings
  • Economical module cost as low as $7.50 each including SIM card, available through the IoT Accelerator program*

Technical specifications

  • Communication Cellular (LTE)
  • Any AT&T LTE-M certified modules are eligible for use on the network
  • Peak throughput: 384 kbps
  • LTE bands: 2, 4, 12
  • Channel bandwidth: 1.4 MHz
  • UE transmit power: 20 dBm and 23dBm Allowed
  • Features: Power Saving Mode available now
  • Coming soon: eDRX and Coverage Enhancement (CE)
  • Visit the AT&T IoT Certified Device Catalog

*AT&T wireless service required. Plus applicable taxes and fees. Requires purchase of module from AT&T's supplier. AT&T's supplier does not charge additional fees for intellectual property rights.

"Innovations like LTE-M will bring IoT to more end points than ever before. It’s part of our strategy to offer the widest range of IoT network options to our customers."

1-year plans1*

Per device

1MB 12MB 60MB
$16
One-time
$45
One-time
$60
One-time
No activation fee No activation fee No activation fee
Term: 12 months Term: 12 months Term: 12 months

3-year plans1*

Per device

3MB 36MB 180MB
$45
One-time
$120
One-time
$170
One-time
No activation fee No activation fee No activation fee
Term: 36 months Term: 36 months Term: 36 months

5-year plans1*

Per device

5MB 60MB 300MB
$70
One-time
$190
One-time
$270
One-time
No activation fee No activation fee No activation fee
Term: 60 months Term: 60 months Term: 60 months

10-year plans1*

Per device

10MB 120MB 600MB
$130
One-time
$360
One-time
$500
One-time
No activation fee No activation fee No activation fee
Term: 120 months Term: 120 months Term: 120 months

Monthly plans2*

Per device

0KB 500KB 1MB
$1.50
 /month
$2.50
 /month
$4.25
 /month
Activation fee: $2.00
Plan overage: $2.49/MB
Activation fee: $2.00
Plan overage: $2.49/MB
Activation fee: $2.00
Plan overage: $2.49/MB
Term: Monthly Term: Monthly Term: Monthly

1. Requires a contract. Plans must be paid in full at time of first bill, plus applicable taxes. Plus $2 per SIM fee if SIM obtained from AT&T. Material one-time account set-up fees apply, contact AT&T for details. Other setup charges may apply for optional services. Annual and multi-year plans expire at end of plan term or exhaustion of allotted data, whichever occurs first. Unused data expires at end of term. Payments are non-refundable. You will be automatically enrolled in auto renew, unless you select a different option during sign-up. With auto renew, your plan automatically renews for another term if all data is used before the end of the existing term. If data remains at the end of the term, your plan will not automatically renew, unless you select a different option during sign-up. US usage only. Coverage and service not available everywhere.

2. Requires a contract. Plus $2 per SIM fee if SIM obtained from AT&T, one-time activation fee of $2 per SIM, and applicable taxes. Material one-time account set-up fees apply, contact AT&T for details. Other setup charges may apply for optional services. Unused data expires at end of billing period. Payments are nonrefundable. Monthly plans do not auto renew, unless auto renew option is selected during sign-up. Overages apply pro rata based on KBs used. US usage only. Coverage and service not available everywhere.

*Requesting data service at the rates listed above is not a guarantee that AT&T will enter into a data agreement. AT&T evaluates a variety of business factors prior to providing data services and reserves the right to decline to enter into a data agreement with a potential customer.

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