Wireless Industry News

5G promises to be many things–an enhanced mobile broadband experience, support for massive internet of things communications and mission critical services based on ultra high throughput and very low latency. But one thing 5G doesn’t promise to be is cheap, particularly given the way network infrastructure is presently built and deployed.

The solution is innovation, or “a new approach,” as Deutsche Telekom VP of Innovation and Research Uwe Janssen put it during a keynote presentation at 5G World in London, according to a report from Mobile World LiveRead 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