AT&T is introducing a new family of LTE modules to meet the needs of a broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications. These simplify and lower the cost of IoT device designs globally and improve device performance.
The new modules offer multiple options and can run over the AT&T 4G LTE network, so IoT devices can transfer information more efficiently. An LTE-only option offers low current to improve device battery life, which is important for some IoT applications. Other module variants include built-in GPS, voice and data. Modules are available that support both 4G and 3G networks for IoT devices that need the ability to use either technology.
“Businesses depend on IoT solutions for gathering real-time information on assets across the world,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Internet of Things, AT&T Mobility.
“We’re pleased to be able to facilitate the availability of cost-effective modules so our customers can deploy IoT solutions over the AT&T 4G LTE network. The new LTE modules help the battery life of IoT devices last longer so businesses can better serve their customers.”
AT&T worked with Wistron NeWeb Corp. (WNC), a module and device manufacturer, to design the new LTE modules. They use an industry standard surface-mount package specified by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). With this state-of-the-art standard for module design, companies can build IoT devices that can more easily interchange modules for different uses. It can also simplify a transition to next-generation modules.
The M14A2A – LTE Only Category 1 can limit the amount of battery drain on an idle device compared to other LTE modules. Where 3G fallback is needed, WNC offers options such as the M14Q2 – Category 1 and M18Q2 – Category 3. The modules are expected to become available from WNC at prices planned as low as $14.99 each, plus applicable taxes, starting in the second quarter. Samples will be available for testing in the first quarter.
AT&T and WNC will present the new LTE modules at the AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas, NV on Jan. 5.