Among the Big Four carriers in the United States, T-Mobile now holds the distinction of being the first to complete live network tests of Narrowband LTE technology for Internet of Things (or NB-IoT for short). The third biggest mobile operator in the country achieved this with the help of tech giants Qualcomm and Ericsson across a number of sites on its network in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. The trials were done utilizing 200 KiloHertz of the carrier’s advanced wireless services (AWS) airwaves.
Less than a couple of months since industry leader Verizon Wirelessrevealed that it had deployed its LTE-M network across America, rival AT&T has also announced recently that it has completed the roll out of its own countrywide LTE-M network for the Internet of Things (IoT) earlier than expected.
According to a FierceWireless report, it appears that Comcast had completed construction of a mobile network serving the greater metro area of Philadelphia in the state of Pennsylvania earlier this year. For those not in the know, the company is based in Philly, and apparently, besides its wireless network in the city of brotherly love, Comcast is also busy constructing networks in Chicago in Illinois and San Francisco in California.
Verizon Wireless has recently revealed that it is now deploying the first ever countrywide commercial 4G LTE Category M1 network across the United States. This roll out is viewed by many industry watchers as something that will have a strong impact on the wireless landscape. According to the Big Red, its 4G LTE Cat M1 will usher in a new generation of LTE chip sets that are designed for sensors working on data plans as low as $2 a month for each device, plus options made available for multiple activations and large procurements.
T-Mobile has recently introduced IoT Access packs, a couple of new plans that start at $20 a year per mobile device for 5 megabytes of data every month. What should make the new offering appealing to customers is the fact that the pricing gets reduced to $6 a year per device after the first twelve months. Moreover, the major US wireless carrier is also offering an unlimited data plan at 64 kbps at a price of $25 a year per device.
Sending a quick, important text message to somebody can get tricky when both your hands are occupied. But for those who are subscribers of AT&T and have access to Amazon Echo, this will not be a problem at all.
Verizon Wireless has recently acquired LQD WiFi, a private company based in New York City that mostly specializes in producing kiosks called Palo that function similarly to LinkNYC’s, serving as hotspots as well as acting as informational hubs for the public.
Market research firm Parks Associates seems to think so. According to the company, global revenues of mobile data will grow from $386 billion in 2015 to $630 billion by the end of this decade. Parks Associates reckons that most of the growth will occur in mobile markets in the Asia/Pacific region.
A mobile industry giant is teaming up with a car industry giant in order to get more vehicles (and homes) connected. Indeed, LG has decided to join forces with Volkswagen in pursuing joint research and development efforts concerning a proposed connected car platform that should become operational in the not too distant future.
Apple is working on a competing product to Amazon’s Echo smart speaker, and sources familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans are saying that the device come with built in technology that can scan and recognize the user’s face. With this capability, Apple’s smart speaker would be able to see who is in the room, and play that person’s preferred music, and even set the lighting according to mood.
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