Verizon committing to Cat-M1 LTE IoT connectivity


US telecommunications giant Verizon has said that it will deploy Category M1 connectivity solutions with an open source environment across its 4G LTE network, as part of its strategy to simplify cellular network connectivity and make it economically viable.

Verizon is working with device, module and chipset partners including Nokia, Ericsson, Gemalto, Sierra Wireless, Telit, U-Blox, Sequans and Altair for this deployment, which will help evolve its ecosystem for next-generation IoT use cases. The Cat M1 deployment is expected to happen by the end of 2016, making Verizon the first wireless service provider to launch in the US.

Rosemary McNally, vice president of mobile devices and OS technology at Verizon, said: "Up until now, the cost to connect devices to a wide-area network has been a barrier to widespread IoT. By evolving our device ecosystem to include Cat M1, we’re aligning Verizon’s 4G LTE network to the needs of future IoT deployments.

"We are also taking direct aim at emerging low power wireless access (LPWA) solutions, which have entered the US market, but do not offer the same level of scale, coverage and security as LTE," McNally added. 

Category M1 refers to devices and sensors that require lower throughput, better power efficiency and extended battery life than current IoT solutions. The Cat M1 deployment will make chipsets cheaper to deploy, reducing the barriers of entry for developers and innovators to scale up their connected devices on 4G LTE at prices that compete with technologies such as ZigBee, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Z-Wave. in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this and sharing their IoT use-cases? Attend the IoT Tech Expo World Series events with upcoming shows in Silicon Valley, London and Amsterdam to learn more.

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