MTN, Ericsson and Qualcomm complete Cat-M1 IoT test in Africa

South African telecom provider MTN, alongside Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, have announced the successful demonstration of end to end Cat-M1 capabilities, claimed to be the first in Africa.

Cellular IoT technologies, such as the Cat-M1 and their evolution into 5G, have set a solid foundation for massive IoT by reducing complexity, lowering power consumption, expanding coverage, and increasing device density. Cat-M1 allows advanced IoT applications by providing hundreds of kilobits per second in throughput, mobility, and VoLTE support.

The Cat-M1 test implementation aims to demonstrate the first stage of a wider scope of test activity. The trial is conducted using IoT devices integrated with a Qualcomm MDM9206 global multimode LTE IoT modem and the Ericsson Massive IoT Radio Access Network product. The successful test will ensure MTN to continue its technological IoT advancements and prepare for a new wave of solutions that can be implemented in the future.

James Munn, vice president of business development at Qualcomm South Africa, said: “This trial supports the first wave of IoT use cases requiring extended coverage and battery life, compared to today’s baseline 2G/GSM and LTE.

“Our MDM9206 global multimode LTE IoT modem, designed to support LTE Cat M1, NB-1 and E-GPRS and global RF bands, brings many enhancements and optimizations to LTE that can help reduce IoT complexity, up to ten years of battery life and low device costs, and support operators such as MTN South Africa.” 

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