Wireless Industry News

AT&T plans to roll out services on its FirstNet, WCS and AWS spectrum as soon as this year, Chief Strategy Officer John Donovan said Wednesday. And it’s more than willing to build its own towers if necessary.

The nation’s No. 2 mobile network operator has amassed a significant amount of low-, mid- and high-band spectrum in recent years, according to the latest data from Allnet Insights & Analytics. AT&T spent around $18 Billion on AWS-3 spectrum licenses in 2015, and it spent less than $1 Billion during the incentive auction to pick up spectrum in 18 PEAs, grabbing 30 MHz in Dallas and lesser amounts in smaller cities.

And the carrier’s portfolio of airwaves recently grew when it was awarded the contract to provide services for FirstNet. 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