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Migrating away from 2G/3G to LTE
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Migrating away from 2G/3G to LTE

Cellular carriers continue to move their networks away from 2G/3G to LTE to pack more calls, data on the same spectrum. However, the majority of M2M and IoT customers need

  • Typically lower data throughput on LTE
  • Network longevity with 3 to 5 years field life
  • Deploy 10s to 1000s of devices
  • Coverage to their customers

Before we jump service and hardware selection, consider the following questions for your application.

How much throughput in upload and download do I need?

Comparing throughput of LTE IOT Standards
  Category 1 LTE  Category M1 LTE Category M2/NB-IOT LTE
Number of Antennas 2 1 1
Half or Full Duplex Full Full Half
Power Consumption High Low Low
USA Carrier Support All USA, Canada Verizon, AT&T, Telus, others T-Mobile in 2019
Upload Speed 5 Mbps 375 Kbps 250 kbps (multi-tone)

 

LTE Coverage becoming less of an Issue

Category 1 LTE Category M1 LTE Category M2/NB-IOT LTE Plans Availability
Verizon Deployed Live 2019 Yes
AT&T Deployed Launch Q1/2018 2019 Yes
T-Mobile Deployed Late 2018/2019 2018 Yes
Canada Deployed – all carriers Telus 2018 Yes

 

  Category 1 LTE Category M1 LTE Category M2/NB-IOT LTE Comment

Embedded Modem

(N America)

MTSMCLAT3

MTSMC-LAT3 (AT&T)

MTSMC-LVW3 (VZW)

MTQNMAT2B02

MTQ-MAT2-B02 (AT&T)

MTQ-MVW2-B02 (Verizon)

End Certified,

No recertification

Embedded Modem (Europe)

N/A

Releasing Q2/2018

Releasing Q1/2018

End Certified,

No recertification

Embedded Module

116992 1

Huawei ME309

116992 1

Huawei ME309

Low cost

External Modem

mts multiconnect rcell clear hr1000px nl2

MTC-LAT3/MTC-LVW3

Releasing Q1/2018

External Router

mts multiconnect rcell clear hr1000px nl2

MTR-LAT3/MTR-LVW3

Releasing Q1/2018

Increasing Device Options with a Trend to Reduced Cost, Power Consumption

Most of the devices mentioned are in sample status or in production. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 510-687-1000 x 208 for further discussion on your needs.

  • Monday, 22 January 2018