While there's much being made over the incoming arrival of 5G in right around three years, we still have to augment the 4G coverage we have now, and that generally means a focus on LTE (News - Alert). That's the next generation communications option of choice, and it's often seen being augmented in the interval between now and 5G's release. Recently, Telit had a hand in bolstering the LTE landscape, particularly based on its focus on the Internet of Things (IoT).
More specifically, Telit's LTE Category M1 (Cat M1) module—a system built around the Qualcomm MDM9206 global multimode modem—received Verizon (News - Alert) certification to operate on its 4G LTE network. That represented the first such effort to receive this certification, making it a comparative rarity in the field, at least for now.
Telit has, at last report, been working closely with both Qualcomm (News - Alert) and Verizon to help get its module out into play, as Qualcomm's Cat M1 modems are vital to the network rollout Verizon has planned. Verizon's ThingSpace program—an IoT-focused project available as a Web-based service—will have immediate support both from Telit's module and from the Qualcomm Cat M1 modem. Telit's module will be particularly useful here as it boasts quad-constellation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) support as well as power systems that are closely optimized for best results.
Telit's vice president of global product marketing, Manish Watwani, commented, “It’s rewarding to reach a new milestone in our working relationship with Qualcomm Technologies and Verizon – one where all companies are committed to stay at the forefront of advancing the IoT. As the first Verizon-certified LTE Cat M1 module supplier to offer the industry-leading MDM9206 LTE modem from Qualcomm Technologies, Telit looks forward to allowing IoT devices and applications to benefit from the cost-effectiveness, coverage, and the advanced security capabilities of LTE Cat M1.”
The advancement of next generation communications depends on a sound infrastructure, and tools like Telit's will likely play a major role in such advancements. Delivering new power for IoT operations, it's safe to say Telit's system will find a sizable market waiting for it in taking advantage of the huge changes that IoT developments will likewise bring to the field. IoT needs an infrastructure just as much as any other network development, and seeing Telit working so well with Verizon suggests that Telit might be a bigger part of upcoming IoT developments than some might have expected.
Next generation communications will be marked by several key submarkets, and IoT will certainly be a part of things. With Telit around to help, the end result should be worth seeing.
Edited by Alicia Young