AT&T in a blog post yesterday said that it had completed deploying LTE-M technology throughout the United States. LTE-M is a software upgrade to its 4G LTE mobile broadband network that enables several Internet of Things (IoT) applications. It described the deployment as a transition step toward future IoT systems based on 5G airlinks.
The company says that LTE-M enhancements extend the battery life of certain small, low-power devices for up to 10 years. It also extends the coverage distance, including in-building coverage, of LTE signals, and reduces the size of wireless devices for industrial automation applications. At the same time as announcing the deployment, AT&T unveiled a new IoT service plan, offering wireless devices for $7.50 each and monthly service plans of $1.50 per device.
“We can now reach new places and connect new things at a price that’s more affordable than ever before. Our LTE-M starter kit will also spur developers to open the doors to IoT innovation,” said Chris Penrose, President, AT&T IoT Solutions.