Wireless Industry News

ORLANDO–Smart buildings turning urban cores into smart cities filled with autonomous cars and drones, and ubiquitous, high seed, low latency networks supporting the needs of consumers, enterprises and the seemingly endless growth of the internet of things. That’s the vision for the future of 5G and wireless, but all of it depends on wires–coaxial cable, Ethernet, and most importantly of all, fiber.

ZenFi Networks is a dark fiber provider that exclusively serves the New York City area. “The wholesaler to the wholesaler,” as Walter Cannon, company vice president of sales and marketing, explained in an interview with RCR Wireless News during the annual Wireless Infrastructure ShowRead 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