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May 18, 2017

AT&T Launches Nationwide LTE-M Network

AT&T announced in a recent release that it has completed deployment of its nationwide LTE-M network ahead of schedule. The network is designed to enable a new generation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and applications.

The LTE-M network is now live across the U.S. on the company’s nationwide 4G LTE network, following software upgrades. The LTE-M deployment marks another step forward on the path to 5G and IoT and has been deployed with global, 3GPP standardized technology using licensed spectrum for carrier-grade security.

Further, AT&T said it plans to deploy LTE-M across Mexico by the end of 2017 to create a North American LTE-M footprint covering 400 million people.

The full suite of rate plans for LTE-M, will include monthly plans starting at $1.50 per month per device. Further discounts will be available for yearly and multi-year plans, as well as volume commitments. LTE-M modules will be available from suppliers for as low as $7.50 each, including a SIM card. That's half the cost of the LTE Cat-1 module AT&T launched in 2016. Current IoT starter kits with M14A2A modules will be software-upgradeable to LTE-M with an upcoming firmware update.

"Our nationwide LTE-M deployment is another example of AT&T's continued investment and leadership in IoT," said Chris Penrose, President, IoT Solutions, AT&T. "We can now reach new places and connect new things at a price that's more affordable than ever before. Our LTE-M starter kit will also spur developers to open the doors to IoT innovation."

LTE-M supports large-scale IoT deployments such as smart city services, smart metering, asset tracking, supply chain management, security and alarm monitoring and personal wearables. It has been embraced by leading global carriers. That helps build a broad base of ecosystem partners, devices and applications for global markets.




Edited by Maurice Nagle


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