AT&T has announced that it would be bringing its NarrowBand Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology to its customers in the US and Mexico. According to the company, the technology would be complimenting to their LTE-M network which is already present in the two countries.
Both NB-IoT and LTE-M are Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) technologies that play a crucial role in IoT deployment. AT&T said that in the US, the NB-IoT would be launched in early 2019; whereas in Mexico it would be launched by the end of 2019. NB-IoT technology, similar to LTE-M will be installed through software upgrades at cell sites across the US and Mexico. Both the tech will operate along AT&T’s 4G LTE network and within their mobile 5G network which is planned to launch in parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas, by the end of 2018.
Earlier this month AT&T announced it would be partnering with Nokia to provide IoT connectivity across the globe. Under this partnership, both the firms will be developing, testing and launching the next generation of IoT services that will cover a wide range of industries including health, agriculture, transportation, utilities, smart cities and consumer electronics. Commercial deployment will begin later in 2018. Chris Penrose, president, IoT solutions, AT&T said: “Our work with Nokia WING will help clear away the complexity of large-scale IoT adoption so that our customers can unlock the potential of IoT worldwide. Boosted by Nokia's globally deployed 'one-stop shop' network technology, we can be more nimble and responsive to our customers' needs."
Back in February AT&T, in collaboration with Ericsson, was also furthering its professional services capabilities for IoT in order to help firms adopt IoT related solutions. Working with Ericsson will let AT&T customers reduce their threat and speed timelines for the worldwide expansion of IoT in more than 150 countries. Jeff Travers, head of IoT, Ericsson, said: “Through our collaboration for global device certification, AT&T and Ericsson are building a global ecosystem for IoT, enabling enterprises to capitalize on the opportunities of the Internet of Things.”
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