Internet of Things : Verizon bet on LTE Cat1 to connect objects

PrecisionHawkWhile the french like Sigfox and LoRa operators rely on UNB (Ultra Narrow Band) to meet the needs of the connected objects, Verizon has chosen another technical option. US Cellular operator put on the 4G for the market of the Internet of things. He has just launched the first LTE Cat 1 networks to meet the expectations of manufacturers who need to connect their products. First client driver this network specialized for the M2M, Precision Hawk, operator of drones for the agricultural market.

UNB, GSM and LTE networks will share a $ 10 billion cake of M2M communications

According to figures of the GSMA, the cell will be in 2020 974 million dollars on the market of networks of communication for connected objects that will then represent $ 10 billion. Verizon is already positioned in this segment by opening the world’s first LTE Cat 1 network. This version of the 4G is more limited in terms of speed (10 Mbit/s) theoretical against 300 Mbps for LTE but with power consumption more reduce and thus compatible to advantage of connected smartphones and Tablet objects. Verizon LTE Cat-1Verizon officially opened its network and offers the designer to connected object APIs on its Cloud ThingSpace platform to develop software that will be able to operate this network, while fleas LTE Cat 1 of Sequans and Altair have been certified for this new Verizon network. For its part still networks already obtained the certification of a LTE Cat 1 router.

Many cellular operators will certainly follow Verizon on this path, to started by Orange, the day of the announcement of the deployment of its network LoRa has also work with Ericsson for experimenting with Iot on GSM with the EC – GSM as well as LTE – MTC standard, optimized version of the 4 G developed by Qualcomm.

If Orange is planning to be present just as much on LoRa on EC – GSM and LTE, it is the characteristics in terms of flow, scope and consumption of low flow and cellular networks are quite different. If the UNB to create connected objects able to function without external power supply and cell coverage for years, the volumes of data it is possible to send are very low. EC – GSM and LTE will complement upwards this ultra low-speed network with solutions that require you a power supply that will allow the sending of larger amounts of data, including video streaming. What are the designers of objects connected that, depending on the constraints of autonomy and the volume of data that they will have to transmit will choose which meets their expectations.

Translation : Bing Translator

Sources :

“Verizon announces availability of world’s first Cat1 LTE network features for IoT, expands its ThingSpace Platform”, Verizon press release, December 1st 2015

“Ericsson and Orange trial Internet of Things (IoT) over GSM and LTE”, Ericsson press release, November 25, 2015

“As LTE defends itself against LPWA, convergence is on the cards”, Wireless Watch, MAy 7, 2015

“Making LTE lighter, cheaper (and slower) for the Internet of Things”, FierceWireless, March 2, 2015

“New GSMA study highlights makor M2M market opportunity”, GMSA press release, September 22, 2014


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