Wireless Industry News

With a move towards pushing ongoing development of “5G” technologies, the Federal Communications Commission said its experimental licensing system was now accepting applications for program licenses.

Licenses are available for a set timeframe and a limited coverage area, with “program licenses” available for entities with radio frequency technology experience, like colleges, research laboratories and manufacturers; “compliance licenses” for testing laboratories; and “medical testing licenses” for health care facilities.

The application process includes a 10 to 15 day public notice period in which details on the planned experiments are posted and allows for licensed spectrum users that may be impacted by the experiments to raise any concerns. The previous program included a four to six week processing period. Read More

Verizon Wireless activated its Category M1 LTE network, making it the first U.S. carrier to launch a nationwide LTE network dedicated to the internet of things. The carrier said it will offer IoT data plans for as little as $2 per month per device, with customized options available for bulk activations and volume purchases.

Category M1 LTE is very different from the higher categories of LTE that smartphones use. Uplink and downlink speeds are both capped at one megabit per second, and bandwidth is capped at 1.4 megahertz per device. This is said to enable low-cost connectivity chipsets for devices that do not need constant communication with the network. Category M1 modems are roughly 75% less complex than Category 1 modems, which are currently used to connect IoT devices to LTE networks