Verizon's Aggressive IoT Push with Cellular LPWA Roll-Out

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4Q 2016 | IN-4275


Verizon String of Acquisitions and Partnerships


During the first week of September, Verizon made a string of partnership announcements following its plans for the roll-out of the LTE-M or CAT-M1 cellular LPWA network in the US. On September 14, Verizon announced it would acquire smart street lighting solution start-up Sensity Systems. In partnership with Sequans, U-Blox, Telit, Sierra Wireless, Gemalto, Nokia, Ericsson, Qualcomm, and others, Verizon wants to create an open-source, robust environment that could leverage its ThingSpace IoT platform as a service solution which it pre-integrates within Qualcomm technologies LTE-M chipsets.

Verizon Smart City Ambitions


Verizon has been building a comprehensive suite of smart city end-to-end solutions that can be built on top of its ThingSpace platform. The partnership with Neptune Technology Group is another opportunity for Verizon to leverage the roll-out of the LTE-M and highlight the technologies viability to water utilities. Water utilities are typically not as cash rich as ene…

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