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AT&T Rolls Out LTE-M Internet of Things Network Nationwide – SDxCentral

AT&T Rolls Out LTE-M Internet of Things Network Nationwide – SDxCentral

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.

AT&T’s news comes as little surprise. The operator said in January that it was testing the technology in San Francisco and intended to have it the majority of its network by mid-year.

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.

AT&T isn’t the first operator to offer nationwide LTE-M.  Verizon announced in late March that its LTE-M network was available nationwide and covered 2.4 million square miles.

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.

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