Wireless Industry News

Comcast and Charter are well positioned to join the wireless fray in advance of 5G, Moody’s said. And they help Sprint regain its financial footing.

The two cable companies already have MVNO deals in place with Verizon, and Comcast earlier this year launched Xfinity Mobile to offer wireless services to customers in its existing footprint. The cable operators have joined forces as they expand into wireless and are reportedly in exclusive talks withSprint about potential partnership arrangements.

And they have the broad customer base, the fixed-line infrastructure and the deep pockets to have an impact in a competitive market where four major players have long dominated, according to Neil Begley, a senior vice president at Moody’s. 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