Network Carriers Racing to Launch IoT Networks in 2017

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2Q 2017 | IN-4606


Maturing Beyond Mobile


In March (2017), Verizon launched its LTE Cat-M1 IoT network, which spans 2.4 million square miles, making it the first nationwide network of its kind in the U.S. The network is designed for narrowband LTE applications and is one of three LPWA technologies—the other two being NB-IoT and EC-GSM IoT. Verizon is integrating its network with its ThingSpace IoT Platform so that developers can create IoT solutions utilizing all pieces of the value chain. Verizon is hoping to capitalize on the shift from CDMA-based IoT solutions to cloud-based technologies, while also expanding its solutions beyond the maturing mobile market.    

The Leading Edge


Just two months after Verizon’s announcement, AT&T announced that it was launching its LTE Cat-M1 network in the U.S. with plans to expand to Mexico. Like Verizon’s network, AT&T’s network is focused on enabling connectivity for devices that use little data and power while leveraging existing infrastructure. AT&T offers mon…

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