AT&T and Sierra Wireless Pilot LTE-M Modules for Internet of Things

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Advanced Technology for IoT Expected to Help Businesses Lower Costs, Improve Device Performance.

Sierra Wireless and AT&T will pilot next generation LTE-M¹ network technologies this fall. The pilot will spur LTE network connections for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The Sierra Wireless LTE-M module will support the AT&T pilot with several technology leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area in November.

LTE-M technology works specifically with IoT devices such as smart meters, mHealth and wearables. AT&T plans to make the technology commercially available in 2017.

LTE-M technology benefits IoT:

  • Lower costs for gateway modules to the LTE network
  • Longer battery life; 10+ years for enabled IoT devices
  • Better LTE coverage underground and in building areas that challenge existing coverage

“Our work with Sierra Wireless will help drive the benefits of LTE-M to a broad range of businesses and industries,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “Our customers that use industrial, Smart Cities and wearable solutions are eager to tap into these new tools.”

Dan Schieler, SVP, OEM Solutions, Sierra Wireless, said:

“Millions of new IoT devices and services require low-power, low-cost cellular connectivity, which Low Power Wide Area technologies like LTE-M are designed to deliver. This pilot will show how LTE-M will connect a new generation of IoT applications.”

Sierra Wireless AirPrime® LTE-M modules, part of the industry-leading HL Series, are expected to be commercially available in the first half of 2017. The HL Series uses the CF3™ form factor which is footprint-compatible across product lines and network technologies. And it’s fully interchangeable with current and future modules, according to Sierra Wireless.

¹ Previously referred to as Cat-M1 under GSMA
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