Wireless Industry News

Mobile World Congress wrapped over a month ago, but the hype, discussion and analyzation of “5G” mobile technology is far from over. In fact, it’s really just beginning as even the most optimistic commentators at MWC acknowledged it won’t be until at least 2020 before we see the first large-scale commercial deployments of 5G networks. This is disappointing news for anyone eager to marry the benefits of 5G network capabilities, like high speed and low latency, with forward looking technologies like virtual and augmented reality applications and services. Those pipe dreams can only become realities when paired with high-definition mobile video capabilities and 5G networks are critical for success. The good news is because 5G is a technical standard that is very much still under development, the three-year development lag means there is plenty of time for enterprises and mobile operators to prepare for the step change in mobile performance that 5G will bring. 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