Wireless Industry News

Sprint confirmed to FierceWireless that it inked an agreement with an unnamed cable company to test methods for building out small cells for its wireless network. However, the company declined to provide any other details on the effort.

"We just did an alliance with a cable company in which we were basically able to put our small cells into the cable infrastructure and be able to generate amazing results,” Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said this week during an appearance at a JPMorgan investor event. “So we feel extremely comfortable that our network will be able to improve.”

Claure did not provide any further comments on the effort.

When questioned about Claure’s statement by FierceWireless, a Sprint representative said only that “this is a trial and we’re not providing additional details at this time.” 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