AT&T announced that it plans to pilot Cat-M1 Narrowband Internet-of-Things(IoT) connectivity later this year with the aim of helping businesses cut costs and boost device performance for Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. The Operator plans to pilot a Cat-M1 network in the San Francisco market starting in November.
Cat-M1 is part of Narrowband cellular IoT technologies such as MTC, Cat-0, Cat-1, LTE-M, NB-IoT and EC-GSM which can operate on the existing network footprint. Cat-M1 can flexibly co-exist with mobile broadband services in the same spectrum with enhanced LTE coverage for underground and in-building areas that challenge existing coverage.
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Cat-M1 design that boasts access to low-cost module technology and works with extended battery life of 10 years for enabled IoT devices, supports next-generation devices such as wearables and utility meters. Several key enterprise customers will take part in the pilot at the AT&T Labs in San Ramon, California. They represent a broad range of IoT uses – from alarm monitoring, smart meters, vending inventory and propane tank monitoring.