Verizon rolls out first nationwide commercial 4G LTE Cat M1 network

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Verizon will be rolling out the first nationwide commercial 4G LTE Category M1 (or Cat M1) network, claimed to be the only Cat M1 network providing scale, coverage and security for customers seeking wireless access solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), the company has said.

Covering 2.4 million square miles, the Cat M1 network is built on a virtualised cloud environment that enables rapid and agile IoT solution deployment and nationwide scaling aimed at increasing IoT adoption for developers and businesses with new and more economical IoT data plans.

The Cat M1 is a new class of LTE chipset designed for sensors which is said to be a game-changer for the industry. It requires less power, offers extended battery life, and supports a variety of use cases ranging from water metres to asset trackers to consumer electronics. The low bandwidth use cases for Cat M1 chipsets demand new types of data plans, including low rate, multi-year plans to match the longer useful life of devices.

Verizon has enabled an open ecosystem for Cat M1 by collaborating with industry-leading partners, including infrastructure providers and manufacturers of chipsets, modules and devices. The partners include industry leaders including Sequans, Telit, U-Blox, Sierra Wireless, Gemalto, Qualcomm Technologies, and Altair, who together with Verizon are solving for the next generation of IoT use cases. Today, Verizon offers certified chipsets, modules and devices for Cat M1 from Sequans, Telit, Qualcomm Technologies, Encore Networks, Link Labs, and NimbeLink.

Cat M1 is paired with Verizon’s ThingSpace Platform, which is the company’s web-based IoT platform that enables developers and customers to create new IoT solutions and manage their IoT environments end-to-end from the device to the application level.

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