AT&T Completes Two LTE-M Pilots in Mexico
Monday, September 11, 2017 | Comments

AT&T completed two Long Term Evolution (LTE)-M pilots in Mexico in the third quarter of 2017. The company is deploying LTE-M technology across its network in Mexico.

AT&T deployed a nationwide LTE-M network within its 4G LTE network in the U.S. earlier this year and plans to deploy the technology across Mexico by the end of 2017.

LTE-M is a low-power wide-area technology with many advantages over traditional LTE connectivity, including better coverage deep inside buildings and underground, longer battery life (up to 10 years) and compact module size. The technology is ideal for personal wearables, smart meters, asset tracking, security and alarm monitoring, and more.

The first pilot was held in Tijuana, the largest city on the Baja California Peninsula and a key manufacturing, financial and industrial center because of its strategic location near the U.S. border.

In Tijuana, AT&T completed what it called the first international LTE-M data session from its U.S. LTE-M network to its Mexico LTE-M network. AT&T described the test as a big step toward creating a North American footprint.

The second pilot was held in Puebla, an industrial and technology hub in central Mexico that hosts the automobile industry.

During the two pilots, AT&T worked with tech leaders and providers, including Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson, to evaluate performance of the LTE-M network and chipset technology in a variety of situations.

“The success of these pilots validates we’re on schedule to expand our North American footprint this year,” said Carlos Sánchez, chief technology officer (CTO) for AT&T in Mexico. “The possibilities for business customers on both sides of the border are endless.”

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