AT&T Accelerates Deployment of LTE-M Network for Internet of Things

Advanced Network to Bring the Latest IoT Network Technology Across the U.S. and Mexico to Create North American LTE-M footprint

AT&T  plans to launch a nationwide deployment of its LTE-M network for Internet of Things (IoT) ahead of schedule in the second quarter of 2017.  It is also planning LTE-M availability in Mexico by the end of the year.

The rollout will ultimately support a North American footprint across the AT&T 4G LTE network in the U.S. and Mexico. The AT&T 4G LTE network now covers nearly 400 million people in the U.S. and Mexico.

The plans follow the successful pilot of the AT&T LTE-M Low-Power Wide-Area network at AT&T Labs in San Ramon, California. The company switched on North America’s first LTE-M enabled commercial site in October to support the pilot with other ecosystem players.

LTE-M will be the catalyst for large-scale IoT deployments, according to the company. Devices designed to operate on the LTE-M network have advantages over traditional IoT connectivity options, offering:

  • Lower device costs
  • Longer battery life (expected up to 10 years)
  • Better coverage underground and deep inside buildings
  • Module size (as small as 1/6 the size of current modules).

“Thanks to the success of our pilot, we’re on track to support LTE-M devices across our commercial network in the U.S. 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 endpoints than ever before.  And we can do it at a lower cost with superior performance and carrier-grade security.”

“We fully expect to have nationwide availability of LTE-M technology in Mexico by the end of 2017. This is huge for our enterprise customers. It’s an important step to help accelerate the speed of business,” said Kelly King, CEO, AT&T Mexico.

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.

LTE-M network and chipset technology are being tested in:

“Seeing our devices live in the field shows our vision is quickly becoming reality. Our combined work has proven we have a technology that can cause real improvement in the logistics services industry,” said John Walsh, CEO, RM2.

AT&T has launched a second LTE-M pilot location in the Columbus, Ohio, market with RM2, Capstone and other industry leaders.

LTE-M in San Ramon and Columbus will continue with the addition of more participants through the end of March.

Learn more about LTE-M technology in AT&T’s latest white paper, “What you need to know about IoT wide area networks.”


Source: AT&T