Following in Verizon’s footsteps, AT&T said it now has LTE-M (also known as LTE CAT-M) available nationwide. The company also announced it will extend its LTE-M network into Mexico by year-end, giving it a footprint that will cover 400 million people. LTE-M technology is intended for low-power Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
The company did provide some insight into its pricing plans for LTE-M. It will offer monthly plans starting at $1.50 per month per device, and it will offer volume discounts and discounts for multi-year commitments. AT&T also said that many of its existing IoT modules can be software upgradeable to LTE-M.
Interestingly, Sprint announced earlier this week that it planned to deploy LTE CAT 1 technology to support IoT across its network by the end of July. The company is partnering with Ericsson on the deployment.
LTE CAT 1 is a stepping stone to LTE CAT M, which Sprint said it will begin deploying in mid-2018. The company then plans to move to Narrowband LTE (NB-LTE).
T-Mobile US did not respond to inquiries from SDxCentral regarding its IoT plans, but at this year’s Mobile World Congress event, CTO Neville Ray said that T-Mobile would be deploying NB-LTE but did not give a timeline for that deployment.