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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Gemalto integrates eSIM into LTE-M IoT module for AT&T

Gemalto has integrated its embedded SIM (eSIM) for AT&T into its Cinterion LTE-M IoT module;

The new solution streamlines development for OEMs and reduces the cost and complexity of IoT deployment by eliminating the need for SIM card integration after manufacturing.

eSIMs also help maintain the strongest security levels with continuous security updates for the long life of IoT solutions. Samples of the new module are available with volume shipping to follow shortly.

“The increasing adoption of eSIM technology marks a significant transformation in wireless technology that is driving innovation and improved security across the whole lifecycle of devices, said Andreas Haegele, SVP IoT Products, Gemalto. “The Cinterion LTE-M Module with embedded SIM technology benefits mobile operators and OEMs alike with enhanced flexibility and seamless connectivity for the IoT.”

Monday, December 17, 2018

Qualcomm IoT modem integrates LTE-M, NB-IoT, 2G/E-GPRS

by James E. Carroll

Qualcomm introduced a modem that integrates global multimode LTE category M1 (eMTC), NB2 (NB-IoT) as well as 2G/E-GPRS connectivity capabilities

The new Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem is designed for Internet of Things (IoT) applications such as asset trackers, health monitors, security systems, smart city sensors and smart meters, as well as a range of wearable trackers.  In addition to connectivity, the integrated chipset performs application processing, geolocation, and hardware-based security. It offers support for cloud services and accompanying developer tools.

Qualcomm said that compared to its predecessor, the 9205 modem can reduce power consumption by up to 70% in idle mode, a critical consideration for battery-powered IoT devices that need to operate for 10 years or longer in the field. The Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem is also 50% smaller and more cost-effective than its predecessor. The new modem is also softwarecompatible with the company’s prior LTE IoT solutions which allows module manufacturers to reuse software investments to develop new module solutions.

“The innovations included in the Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem are critical to support many of the 6 billion IoT devices expected to use low-power, wide-area connectivity by 2026,” said Vieri Vanghi, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Europe, Inc. “LTE IoT technologies are the foundation of how 5G will help connect the massive IoT, and we are making these technologies available to customers worldwide to help them build innovative solutions that can help transform industries and improve people’s lives.”

Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem technology highlights

  • Global multimode LTE IoT modem and connectivity: Support for both 3GPP release 14 Category M1 and NB2 for operation with networks using any of these LTE IoT modes, as well as 2G/E-GPRS to allow for connectivity in areas where LTE IoT is not yet deployed. Category M1 mode also supports voice for applications such as monitored security panels, and mobility for applications such as asset trackers.
  • RF transceiver with fully integrated front-end: The Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem features an RF transceiver with extended bandwidth support from 450 MHz to 2100 MHz. It also integrates a comprehensive RF front-end, a commercial first in the cellular IoT space, which is designed to greatly simplify the design and certification of products using the new modem, and therefore accelerate time to commercialization.
  • Advanced battery life management: To maximize battery life, the modem couples ultra-low system-level cut-off voltage with provisions for adapting power usage according to the state of charge of the battery.
  • Applications processor: Arm Cortex A7 up to 800MHz with support for ThreadX and AliOS Things real-time operating systems. The integrated applications processor avoids the need for an external microcontroller to improve cost-efficiency, and device security.
  • Geolocation: Integrated global positioning support for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) including GPS, Beidou, Glonass, and Galileo. The Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem enables design flexibility allowing for the use of either a shared GNSS/LTE
  • antenna or a dedicated one.
  • Hardware-based security: Secure boot from hardware root-of-trust, Qualcomm Trusted Execution Environment, hardware cryptography, storage, and debug security. 
  • LTE IoT Software Development Kit (SDK): Designed to support developers in running custom software on the integrated applications processor, as well as to provide them access to additional capabilities of the Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem, such as geolocation. The SDK offers pre-integrated support for many cloud platforms, including Alibaba Cloud Link One, China Mobile OneNET, DTSTON DTCloud, Ericsson IoT Accelerator, Gizwits and Verizon ThingSpace, and it also allows developers to extend this integration further and develop support for other major IoT cloud providers.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Rogers ready to light up LTE-M in Ontario

Rogers is preparing to launch its LTE Cat M1 network (LTE-M) in Ontario before the end of the year.  Nationwide coverage will follow in 2019/2020.

to help businesses connect and track their assets in real time – using solutions such as logistics tracking, alarm monitoring, and smart metering.

LTE-M will connect fixed and mobile low-power IoT devices over long distances, with longer battery life and better network coverage in hard to reach areas than regular 2G3G/4G.

“As leaders in IoT, we are committed to supporting our customers as they explore the capabilities and benefits available through Rogers rapidly growing IoT ecosystem,” said Dean Prevost, President, Enterprise, Rogers Communications. “With the launch of LTE-M, we are empowering the adoption of reliable, low cost, and secure IoT solutions that support a variety of use cases such as asset tracking, smart cities, utilities, transportation, and supply chain management.”

Thursday, March 1, 2018

AT&T delivers LTE-M for CallPass Tech - vehicle tracking for car dealers

AT&T is delivering LTE-M connectivity to CallPass Tech, which provides location services to car dealers to track or find financed or leased vehicles.

Financial companies and car dealers can now use CallPass Tech’s iGotcha GPS Platform on the AT&T LTE-M network to track, find and manage financed or leased vehicles on the road and in challenging areas such as parking garages.

“We can’t overstate the value of GPS tracking technology across the vehicle finance industry,” said Jason Ashton, president of CallPass Tech and CallPass M2M Solutions. “There’s such an inherent risk in the industry. And there’s limited protection through insurance against losing collateral to theft or lack of payment. We know it doesn’t have to be like this. Working with AT&T to bring the latest, most intelligent network built for IoT is a natural next step and gives our customers the confidence they need to run their business.”

CallPass Tech noted that it currently supports more than 600,000 connected devices via the 4,800 finance companies and car dealers who are customers.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sercomm debuts LTE-M IoT button with 3-year battery life

Sercomm, which is a global manufacturer and supplier of telecom equipment and devices, introduced an LTE IoT button device,

The button connects to the cloud via LTE Cat M1 (any carrier frequency worldwide), and is designed to sustain up to two thousand clicks. It measures 65 x 65 x 25 mm.

As a "one-click button" the device could be programmed for a range of IoT applications, such as mobile ordering of products or supplies, triggering of automatic alerts, or provisioning of logistical services or maintenance tasks that occur at irregular intervals.

The button was designed and manufactured by Sercomm and based on Sequans’ Monarch LTE Cat M1/NB1 Platform, which provides support for power saving mode (PSM) and extended discontinuous reception (eDRX) to enable the long battery life needed by many IoT use cases. Battery life is estimated 3 years. Sequans’ Monarch is already certified by Verizon and AT&T and in the certification process with many other carriers.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Verizon Launches LTE-M Nationwide

Verizon announced the commercial launch of its nationwide 4G LTE Category M1 (or Cat M1) network. The coverage spans 2.4 million square miles.

Verizon will introduce low rate, multi-year plans to match the longer useful life of Cat M1 devices, including data plans that start at $2 per month per device, with customized options available for bulk activations and volume purchases.

Verizon said its Cat M1 network is built on a virtualized cloud environment which enables rapid and agile IoT solution deployment and nationwide scaling aimed at increasing IoT adoption for developers and businesses with new and more economical IoT data plans.

“We are very proud to again demonstrate our innovative leadership by providing this commercially available network for our customers, an industry first,” said Mike Haberman, Network Vice President at Verizon.  “As the natural shift from CDMA-based IoT solutions to the more robust and cloud-based LTE technology occurs, it’s important we stay ahead of that technology evolution for our customers so we can continue to provide them service on the best and most advanced wireless network. Our commercial deployment of the nationwide LTE Cat M1 network does just that.”

Verizon’s Cat M1 partners include Sequans, Telit, U-Blox, Sierra Wireless, Gemalto, Qualcomm Technologies, and Altair.

http://www.verizon.com

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Telefónica Tests LTE-M with Ericsson and Sierra Wireless

Telefónica has completed field testing of CAT-M1 or LTE-M for IoT over its network in Spain in partnership with Ericsson and Sierra Wireless.

The testing showed successful interoperability Sierra Wireless modem, which builds Cat-M1 chipsets in and Ericsson's Packet Core and Radio solutions.

Tests took place within 5TONIC project, the 5G research and innovation open lab of which Ericsson is an active member, founded by Telefónica and IMDEA Networks.

5TONIC Open Lab is an open place where companies and individuals test ideas with different IoT networks, according to their needs; prove concepts, experiment and build initial prototypes that can lead to a commercial offering. This Open Lab would be the first environment providing both NB-IOT and CAT-M1 (LTE-M).

http://www.ericsson.com

Thursday, February 16, 2017

AT&T Accelerates LTE-M Rollout

AT&T expects to have its LTE-M network for IoT deployed nationwide ahead of schedule in second quarter of 2017. AT&T's LTE-M service will be available in Mexico by the end of the year.

AT&T has been testing LTE-M Low-Power Wide-Area network at AT&T Labs in San Ramon, California since last October. A second LTE-M pilot location is underway in Columbus, Ohio. The company cited several advantages for LTE-M over traditional IoT connectivity options:

  • Lower device costs
  • Longer battery life (expected up to 10 years)
  • Better coverage underground and deep inside buildings
  • Module size (as small as 1/6 the size of current modules).

“Thanks to the success of our pilot, we’re on track to support LTE-M devices across our commercial network in the U.S. and Mexico ahead of schedule,” said Chris Penrose, President, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “We’re seeing real momentum for LTE-M that will let us connect more end points than ever before.  And we can do it at a lower cost with superior performance and carrier-grade security.”

“We fully expect to have nationwide availability of LTE-M technology in Mexico by the end of 2017. This is huge for our enterprise customers. It’s an important step to help accelerate the speed of business,” said Kelly King, CEO, AT&T Mexico.

http://about.att.com/story/att_accelerates_deployment_of_lte_m_network.html

Video: What is LTE-M?



What is LTE-M?  Chris Pemrose, President of IoT Solutions at AT&T, introduces LTE-M and its key benefits, such as long-battery life, better coverage underground and deep inside buildings, and small module size.

AT&T is rolling out LTE-M nationwide in Q2 and will extend coverage to Mexico during 2017.

See video: https://youtu.be/L-ctKakpNds



Monday, February 6, 2017

GSMA Predicts Fast Growth for Low-Power Wide Area Networks

GSMA is predicting that by 2022 low-power WAN (LPWA) connections will exceed 2G, 3G and 4G, as a leading technology Things (IoT) connection.

The finding is based on Machina Research's latest analysis shows that the number of connections will reach 1.4 billion.

The GSMA said these figures underscore how the industry is coordinating to facilitate standardization of low-power wide area network complementary technologies such as NB-IoT and LTE-M to accelerate this market.

GSMA's Alexandra Sinclair, said: "GSMA's mobile Internet of Things program in just nine months to establish a low-power wide area network market standards, the standards will be in the technology's growth, development and popularization play a decisive Role. "At present, there are several mobile operators around the world who are piloting a mobile Internet of Things initiative, and this year we will see a number of commercial applications in a range of areas that will provide complete connectivity and services for billions of new devices . "

"Clearly, low-power WAN technology will transform the Internet of Things and provide both immediate connectivity and long battery life," said Jim Morrish, founder and principal of research at Machina Research. "These qualities enable low-power wide area networking "The extensive use of low-power WANs will spur the entire ecosystem of things to support new use cases, improve the maturity and coverage of many existing use cases, and accelerate universal adoption," he added.

http://www.gsma.com/

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Verizon and Qualcomm Bet on Cat M1 LTE

Verizon will pre-integrate its ThingSpace IoT platform as-a-service within Qualcomm Technologies’ MDM9206 Category M (Cat M1) LTE modem. The joint initiative also utilizes Verizon’s 4G LTE network as the gateway for simplifying the process of building, deploying and managing IoT applications customized for a wide-range of use cases.

The companies said their collaboration would address the barriers most commonly associated with IoT deployments – including firmware management, real-time device diagnostics, device onboarding and  data access. The collaboration also aims to bring even more sophisticated apps to the forefront such as device security and sensor data visualization. Verizon's ThingSpace IoT platform is expected to be available for OEM integration on MDM9206-based solutions in early 2017.

“When it comes to the internet of things, no single company can go at it alone in order to scale from the millions of devices to the billions of devices needed to create cleaner cities, deliver better healthcare, conserve water and make the digital world work better for consumers and citizens,” said Mike Lanman, senior vice president Enterprise Products and IoT at Verizon. “Simplicity is a necessary starting point and working across the ecosystem – at the network, platform and application levels – is also needed in order to capture the real market opportunity of the internet of things.”

“That’s why solidifying our long-standing relationship with Qualcomm Technologies in this manner to give developers worldwide the tools they need to innovate seamlessly, securely and in a cost-effective structure on 4G LTE combined with our ThingSpace platform, built by Verizon Labs, is an exciting milestone for the industry,” Lanman added.

“Wireless technologies, including LTE and 5G in the future, are rapidly evolving to deliver a scalable, unified and interoperable connectivity platform for the Internet of Things,” said Raj Talluri, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Our LTE modems bring not only connectivity but also compute capabilities to all kinds of IoT devices, helping leading operators such as Verizon extend their business models into promising new areas including smart energy and metering, building security, infrastructure, industrial control and automation, retail point of sale and asset tracking.”

http://www.verizon.com
http://www.qualcomm.com

Saturday, February 20, 2016

#MWC16- Telstra Testing LTE Cat 1 for IoT with Sequans

Telstra is testing on its LTE Cat 1 on its production network in partnership with Sequans Communications.

Cat 1 (Category 1) refers to the lower throughput speed (10 Mbps) defined in the existing LTE standard now being used for low cost and low power IoT and M2M applications.

Telstra is investing in the evolution of its LTE network to support future growth in IoT,” said Mike Wright, Telstra’s Group Managing Director, Networks. “We are working with leading players, including Sequans, to bring IoT capabilities to Australia. We are preparing for the long term, beginning with LTE Cat 1 technology and continuing with the next evolution of LTE technology on the horizon, Cat M, which will increase coverage and reduce device cost for our customers.”

“As the world’s first provider of an LTE Cat 1 chipset for IoT, we are excited to work with Telstra to validate that devices based on our Calliope Cat 1 LTE platform perform well in Telstra’s network,” said Craig Miller, Sequans VP of marketing. “Operators worldwide are taking advantage of the longevity and technology advantages that LTE brings to their IoT businesses. We look forward to helping Telstra’s IoT customers in this important space.”

http://www.sequans.com/products-solutions/streamlitelte/calliope-lte-platform/
http://exchange.telstra.com.au/2016/02/19/our-network-ready-to-support-the-internet-of-things/

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sequans Shows its Monarch LTE Cat M Chip

Sequans Communications unveiled its "Monarch" LTE Cat M chip, compliant with the 3GPP Release 13 LTE Advanced Pro standard that defines new narrowband capabilities of LTE for machine-type-communications (LTE MTC).

The Sequans Monarch chip supports the vast new range of low data use, ultra low-power, cost-sensitive, narrowband IoT applications such as smart energy meters, industrial IoT sensors, asset trackers, smart city controllers, and consumer wearables. The design integrates baseband, RF, RAM, and power management are integrated in a single, tiny 6.5 x 8 mm FC-CSP package. Monarch supports both of the narrowband categories defined in the Release 13 standard: Cat M1, 1.4 MHz bandwidth; and Cat M2, 200 kHz bandwidth.

Monarch also includes: 1) a programmable RF filtering technology that enables the simple design of a single worldwide SKU that supports nearly any LTE band and enables global roaming; and 2) Sequans’ exclusive low power technology, Dynamic Power Management (DPM), that dynamically adapts chip-level power profiles in real time based on traffic patterns and use cases, making possible 10-15 years2 of battery life in real-world IoT applications.

“Monarch is the industry’s first Cat M1/M2 chip and it is highly optimized to address the size, cost and power requirements of IoT applications,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “We’ve innovated to minimize power consumption, reduce the bill-of-materials, and simplify implementation of a global-ready device to maximize Monarch’s market reach. The release of Monarch extends Sequans’ LTE for IoT leadership–proven last year with the introduction of our Cat 1 chipset, Calliope–and highlights Sequans’ strong commitment to perfecting the use of LTE for IoT, now including an entire new class of narrowband devices.”

Monarch chip features

  • Narrowband LTE UE categories M1 and M2
  • Compliant with 3GPP Release 13 (LTE Advanced Pro) for machine type communications (MTC)
  • Single chip 6.5 x 8 mm FC-CSP package
  • Integrated baseband, RF transceiver, memory, and power management
  • Supports extended DRX and PSM network features for long sleep duration use cases
  • Includes Sequans’ proprietary Dynamic Power Management (DPM) technology for 10-15 years2 of battery life
  • Programmable RF filtering for global band support in a single-SKU design
  • Optimized for half-duplex FDD (HD-FDD) operation; also supports full-duplex FDD and TDD
  • Throughput:
  • LTE UE category M1 (1.4 MHz bandwidth) up to 300 kbps DL/375 kbps UL in HD-FDD
  • LTE UE category M2 (200 kHz bandwidth) up to 40 kbps DL/55 kbps UL in HD-FDD
  • Supports wide variety of embedded and host operating systems
  • Low power serial interfaces

Sequans’ StreamliteLTE product family now includes Monarch, Calliope and Colibri LTE chipset platforms.

http://www.sequans.com

Monday, January 25, 2016

KT Conducts First eMTC Field Trial with Nokia

KT and Nokia announced the industry's first eMTC field trial, marking an important milestone for the Internet of Things, allowing for coexistence with the existing LTE network as well as providing extended coverage.

eMTC, which is also referred to as LTE-M with 1.4MHz bandwidth, is a feature that will be fully standardized with 3GPP Release 13, the first evolution step of LTE-Advanced to LTE-Advanced Pro. eMTC will provide data rates of up to 1Mbps and up to four times better coverage, while reducing device complexity by up to 80%, in comparison to conventional LTE. This allows for cost-effective connectivity of more data-rich sensors, such as environmental monitoring or building surveillance, on existing LTE networks located in rural areas and buildings.

The test was conducted on KT's LTE network using Nokia's Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station. eMTC utilized only 1.4MHz of the full 20 MHz LTE system, leaving the remaining spectrum free for normal LTE traffic.

Chang Seok Seo, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Strategy Unit, KT, said: "This trial, a world-first, offers a solid platform to promote the widespread application of services powered by IoT technology by addressing limitations that are hampering its spread and reach. Together with Nokia, we will play a pivotal role in pioneering the emergence of IoT as the first-choice technology in Korea and beyond."

Andrew Cope, Head of Korea, Nokia, said: "This project underlines our position as a driving force behind the creation of a programmable world, where close to 50bn devices* will be connected in 2025. With this trial, we have successfully demonstrated the capabilities of LTE as a veritable backbone for a growing range of IoT use cases."

http://www.nokia.com

Blueprint: 2016 Predictions -- Big Guns and Long Tails


by Michael Murphy, CTO for North America, Nokia Networks In 2014, I suggested that 2015 would be an inflection point due to the start of serious 5G activity and the start of cloud based deployments , which together had the potential to fundamentally change the telecom industry. So what really happened and what’s up for 2016? Retrospection 5G did of course progress throughout the year, but perhaps the biggest news came in September. At the CTIA...


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Altair Offers Optimized LTE Chipset for IoT

Altair Semiconductor has begun sampling its new FourGee-1160 and FourGee-1150 Category-1 and Category-0 LTE chipsets targeting the Internet of Things (IoT) market.

CAT-1 and CAT-0 are lower speed and power versions of the LTE standard which dramatically extend the addressable market for carriers and chip makers alike. The chipsets are optimized for long-term battery operation in small devices, such as wearables, sensors, etc.

"While chipsets supporting these lower categories are essential for numerous applications, including wearable devices, smart home and smart metering, there has been an industry development gap that we had anticipated two years ago," said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Altair. "We've worked hard to address this gap by being first to market with true CAT-1 and 0 chipsets featuring a power/size/cost combination that is a massive game-changer."

Key features:

  • Extremely low power consumption enabling between weeks and years of operation, based on the use case scenario
  • Highly integrated chipset with embedded power management and direct battery connection
  • Embedded MCU subsystem with virtualized, customizable application layer and a robust security framework
  • Rich set of host, peripheral and sensor interfaces typical to IoT and M2M applications
  • Supports VoLTE, OTDOA positioning and seamless integration with industry standard GPS and A-GNSS chipsets
  • SDR-based, software upgradeable to support 3GPP Release 12 and 13 features
  • Miniature footprint, available in both BGA package and as bumped dies


http://www.altair-semi.com

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Nokia to Showcase LTE-M for Automotive, Wearables and Smart Grid

Nokia Networks will showcase LTE for machine-to-machine communications (LTE-M) for automotive, wearables and smart grid connectivity in a joint demonstration with Korea Telecom at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The pre-5G LTE-M prototype aims to connect an extreme number of sensors and other devices even in remote or low-coverage locations beyond the range of traditional shares. LTE-M will also be optimized for extremely low power utilization in the device.  Nokia said the goal is to achieve a battery life of more than 10 years with four times more coverage than conventional LTE.

Kathrin Buvac, Vice President Strategy at Nokia Networks, said: "The Internet of Things, a driver for what we call the Programmable World, opens tremendous potential to expand the human possibilities of technology. Within the next ten years, we will see 50 billion things connected, enabling industries to become more efficient and helping people to improve their daily lives. At Nokia Networks, we are already demonstrating key technologies like 5G that will make mobile networks the natural choice for bringing these possibilities to reality."

Some other areas of innovation being showcased by Nokia include:

  • Prototype 5G mm and cm wave radio systems that use advanced antennas and operate in the 3.5 - 70 GHz bands for extreme throughput and ultra low latency
  • Extended Nokia Mobile Guard to detect malware or abnormal IoT device behavior via device profiling. When an IoT device is hacked and its processor or Internet connection is used for fraud and other attacks, Mobile Guard recognizes these devices and takes actions for mitigation.            

See also