Adoption of Global Asset Tracking Solutions Will Accelerate with North American Telcos’ Backing of NB-IoT

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AT&T Announces NB-IoT Network Coverage in the United States and Mexico in 2019


On the June 20, 2018, AT&T announced plans to launch NB-IoT in the United States early next year, followed by Mexico by the end of 2019. Like LTE-M, NB-IoT technology will be deployed through software upgrades at cell sites across the United States and Mexico. According to AT&T, NB-IoT is suited to meet basic data requirements, while LTE-M supports Internet of Things (IoT) use cases, which require higher bandwidth for firmware and software updates, mobility, and Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) services.

Regional Telco Operator Partnerships Critical for IoT Success


With this recent development, three major carriers in the United States—AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile—have backed NB-IoT networks. While Sprint has not announced when it will deploy NB-IoT, it will support NB-IoT connections alongside LTE-M. According to the GSMA, there are over 45 NB-IoT network launches worldwide at various stages of commercial deployment. In compar…

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