DALLAS, July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* plans to pilot CAT-M1 network technologies later this year. They'll help businesses cut costs and boost device performance for Internet of Things (IoT) deployments.
We plan to pilot a Cat-M1 network in the San Francisco market starting in November.
Cat-M1 can operate on the existing network footprint and flexibly co-exist with mobile broadband services in the same spectrum. Its design supports next-generation IoT devices such as wearables and utility meters.
Expected Cat-M1 benefits:
- Access to low-cost module technology
- Extended battery life of 10 years or more for enabled IoT devices
- Enhanced LTE coverage for underground and in-building areas that challenge existing coverage.
Several key enterprise customers will take part in the pilot at the AT&T Labs in San Ramon, Calif. They represent a broad range of IoT uses – from alarm monitoring, smart meters, vending inventory and propane tank monitoring.
"Cat-M1 is an advantage for the millions of IoT devices and services coming on the market. We expect this pilot will prove that. This next-generation technology will help businesses gather near real-time information on assets around the world. It will bring a connected world closer to reality," said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, AT&T Internet of Things Solutions. "Following the trial we plan to make Cat-M1 available commercially in 2017."
For more information about the services and support from AT&T that you need to connect and manage your Internet of Things go to www.att.com/iot.
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