AT&T Plans NB-IoT Launch in U.S., Mexico in 2019
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | Comments

AT&T announced it will launch narrowband internet of things (NB-IoT) to meet the needs of business customers for a wide range of IoT solutions. AT&T plans to launch NB-IoT in the U.S. early next year, followed by Mexico by the end of 2019.

The NB-IoT technology will complement AT&T’s existing Long Term Evolution for machines (LTE-M) network in the U.S. and Mexico. NB-IoT and LTE-M are low-power wide-area (LPWA) technologies that support massive IoT deployments. Both NB-IoT and LTE-M are supported in licensed spectrum and with carrier-grade security.

“We've seen global momentum for LPWA since launching our North American LTE-M network last year," said Chris Penrose, president, IoT solutions, AT&T. "Adding NB-IoT to our portfolio will expand our LPWA capabilities, help drive investment in our evolution to 5G and support our customers as they deploy IoT solutions across the U.S. and Mexico."

AT&T’s investment in NB-IoT and LTE-M will be future ready. The technologies offer longer battery life, coverage extension and lower costs than traditional cellular LTE connectivity. NB-IoT is ideally suited to meet basic data requirements, while LTE-M provides more robust capabilities including bandwidth for firmware and software updates, mobility and voice over LTE (VoLTE) services, a statement said.

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