Wireless Industry News

Once you get home with your smartphone or tablet, chances are you connect to your Wi-Fi network to access the internet. Referred to as “home roaming,” this common practice helps make iOS and Android devices the most significant generator of traffic for fixed-access broadband services in North American homes.

iPhones, Android devices and iPads accounted for 31.4 percent of the fixed-access broadband traffic during July 2016, according to a report(link is external) released last month by Sandvine(link is external)

, a Canadian-based broadband network solutions company. That’s more than Windows PCs and Macs (23.7 percent); more than the two top gaming consoles (10.2 percent); and more than the three leading over-the-top (OTT) set-top boxes (8.1 percent). 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