This week’s Next Generation Communications was heavy on the LTE, light on the IoT. And I mean that second part in a good way.
As I discussed in a posting yesterday, Verizon (News - Alert) has launched a nationwide 4G LTE Category M1 network for the Internet of Things. Cat M1 is noteworthy for its low use of power. That means batteries of the endpoints connected to this kind of network last longer.
This announcement by Verizon is also noteworthy, according to some sources, because it gives Cat M1 a jump on competing IoT-focused networking technologies.
“This announcement is very significant, as it helps clear a lot if the uncertainty associated with Cat M1 commercial network availability,” said Eran Eshed, co-founder and vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Altair Semiconductor (News - Alert). “There was never doubt about the level of commitment of Verizon and other carriers which announced support for Cat M1. There was, however, concern in the ecosystem that things might take longer than anticipated.
“The importance is broader than the announcement itself – proprietary LPWAN supporters have been arguing that the (lack of) availability and maturity of cellular IoT networks provides a long window of opportunity for these competitive technologies,” Eshed continued. “Seems like this window of opportunity for technologies such as Sigfox and LoRA WAN has just shrunk.”
Speaking of LTE (News - Alert), did you know that more than half of the world’s population is expected to be using it by 2020? That’s what ABI Research (News - Alert) says, as I noted in a different story.
Indeed, LTE has already taken hold in the populous country of India, as contributing writer Steve Anderson notes in this article.
Contributing writer Michael Guta in this piece explains that Smart Communications is accelerating its LTE deployment in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Web Editor Alicia Young wrote about the nationwide LTE wholesale network Nokia is building for a collective in Mexico. It will be installed in five regions in Mexico, and Nokia (News - Alert) will be the turnkey supplier.
Meanwhile, RigNet Inc. just launched service on a deep water 4G LTE network in the Gulf of Mexico. It supplies connectivity in the remote area of Green Canyon field for companies in the oil and gas industries.