IoT Cellular Modules Model Tracker

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Publish Date: 08 Jun 2023
Code: MD-ICM-104
Research Type: Market Data
IoT Cellular Modules Model Tracker
RELATED SERVICE: IoT Hardware & Devices

Market Data Issue: MD-ICM-104 | Published: 08 Jun 2023

Actionable Benefits

Actionable Benefits

  • Understanding the availability of module models by technology generation and category within the generation.
  • The ability to manipulate the master table to show the individual features of module models by technology type.
  • An overview of the modules that are certified by certifying bodies, North American carriers, and two of the global carrier groups.
Critical Questions Answered

Critical Questions Answered

  • What share of modules available are part of a specific vendor’s model portfolio?
  • What share of modules are available for each technology category?
  • How does the share of module models per technology category available impact the uptake of technologies for Internet of Things (IoT) use cases?
Research Highlights

Research Highlights

  • An overview of 1,489 IoT module models by vendor, technology generation, and category, offering a view of each manufacturer’s portfolio.
  • Analysis showing which technology generation is the most manufactured module type.
  • An exposure of module certification and smart module information.
Who Should Read This?

Who Should Read This?

  • Wireless carriers who wish to view a record of global IoT module models by technology generation.
  • Module vendors who wish to compare their portfolios to their competitors.
  • Semiconductor manufacturers who wish to know which vendors are manufacturing IoT modules.

What's New ?

1) MD-ICM-104 is the fourth edition of this products and contains information on 1,489 Internet of Things (IoT) cellular modules models from 53 vendors. Previously, this was a count of 54 vendors, but since then, Telit and Thales have become one, now known as Telit Cinterion. This edition has seen 222 modules added to the portfolio across all vendors. Though 5G is still not at its prime for the IoT, it is growing, and the total number of 5G IoT module models logged has increased from 97 to 149.

2) This edition publishes further module certification information. In addition to the two certification bodies and North American carriers, this edition sees the certification information from both Orange and Deutsche Telekom being collected.

3) In an addition to the previous edition’s efforts, “smart” modules are now accounting for 141 of the module entries, an increase of 69. The trend of Android and Qualcomm being the dominant primary OS and AP manufacturers continues.

4) Modem chipset manufacturer and modem chipset information continues to be collected and expanded across all module models. Manufacturer information exists for 834 modules and chipset model information for 795 models. A further 51 modules contain a Qualcomm chipset, bringing the total to 581, which is 70% of all those identified, and 39% of all module models logged so far.

5) 4G continues to be the most-commonly supported technology, boasting more than 860 models, or 58% of all those logged.



The definitions for each item within the each of the blocks are outlined below.


  • Module Vendor: The full English name of the vendor manufacturing the module
  • Country Headquarters (HQ): The country in which the module vendor is headquartered
  • Model: The cellular module model name
  • Technology Summary: A list of all technology generations supported, with the highest listed first


  • 5G: Contains the following categories—sub-6 Gigahertz (GHz) and Millimeter Wave (mmWave)
  • 4G: Contains the following categories—LTE-A, LTE, >Cat 1, Cat 1 bis, Cat 1, Cat 0, M2, Cat M (1), eMTC, NB2, NB-IoT (NB1), TDD-LTE, and FDD-LTE
  • 3G: Contains the following categories—HSPA+, HSUPA, HSDPA, HSPA, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, and EVDO
  • 2G: Contains the following categories—EDGE, GPRS, HSCSD, CSD, GSM, 1XRTT, CDMA2000, CDMAOne, and CDMA

Spectrum (MHz):

(See above)

Form Factor:

  • Package: The connector type used to join the module to a Printed Circuit Board (PCB)
  • Dimensions (mm): Depth, width, and height in Millimeters (mm)
  • Modem Chipset Manufacturer: The manufacturer of the baseband modem used in the module
  • Modem Chipset: The name of the baseband modem used in the module

Value-Added Features:

  • eSIM: Embedded Subscriber Identity Module (eSIM) card with remote SIM provisioning
  • FOTA: Firmware-Over-The-Air (FOTA) updates
  • Wi-Fi: The IEEE 802.11 family of standards
  • Bluetooth LE: Bluetooth Low Energy (LE)
  • FM: Frequency Modulation (FM) (broadcast radio)
  • Smart: Whether or not module is “smart”
  • Module OS: Smart module Operating System (OS)
  • AP Manufacturer: Smart module Application Processor (AP) manufacturer
  • AP: Smart module AP name
  • PSM (LPWA): Power Saving Mode (PSM) Low-Power Wide Area (LPWA)
  • DRX (LPWA): Discontinuous Reception (DRX) (LPWA)
  • eDRX (LPWA): Extended Discontinuous Reception (eDRX) (LPWA)
  • Dl Kbps (LTE-M): Downlink (Dl) throughput (for LTE-M only)
  • Ul Kbps (LTE-M): Uplink (Ul) throughput (for LTE-M only)
  • VoLTE (LTE-M): Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support for LTE-M
  • Dl Kbps (NB-IoT): Downlink throughput (for Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) only)
  • Ul Kbps (NB-IoT): Uplink throughput (for NB-IoT only)
  • GPS (GNSS): Global Positioning System (GPS) (Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS))
  • GLONASS (GNSS): Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
  • BDN a.k.a. BeiDou (GNSS): BeiDou Navigation Satellite System
  • Galileo (GNSS): Galileo navigation satellite system
  • QZSS (GNSS): Quasi-Zenith Satellite System
  • Unspecified (GNSS): GNSS is supported, but specific system/s are not stated


  • First Entered: The date when ABI Research first logged this model’s information
  • Out of Market: The date when ABI Research first noted that this module model was no longer available from the vendor


  • Certifying Body: Global/Regional certification bodies—GCF, PTCRB
  • North American Carriers: The leading North American mobile network carriers—AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile USA


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