US Cellular has announced the launch of its LTE-M network at more than 90% of its mobile locations across the country – with the intention of 100% coverage by the end of the second quarter.
The LTE-M network, the international cellular standard designed and optimized for IoT connectivity, is a steadfast, secure and economical solution that helps them connect large amounts of IoT devices in urban and rural areas and remote locations.
The LTE-M network launched by US Cellular is suitable for IoT solutions such as fleet and asset management, tank monitoring, smart meters and other applications thanks to LPWAN, which offers extensive coverage at lower costs. In addition, low power or battery power LTE-M devices built for mass acceptance of IoT applications and deployment can be less complicated and expensive.
The Illinois-based mobile network provider, according to Statista figures by far the fifth largest US airline, currently supports many LTE-M modules such as the Telit ME910C1-WW and ME910C1-NA, Quectel BG96 and u-blox SARA-R410M.
"Our LTE-M network offers business and government customers opportunities and features that enable an entirely new set of use cases to help them improve their business and grow their business," said Jim Anetsberger, US corporate sales in a statement. “We want to prepare our IoT customers for future success with solutions designed to meet their specific needs.
"By working with our suppliers and customers, we can unleash the potential of our LTE-M network," added Anetsberger.
In September, AT&T signed roaming agreements with Canadian operators, including Bell Canada, Rogers Communications and Telus, to support them in their pursuit of the IoT. AT&T would give these operators access to its LTE-M network in the US. As part of the mutual agreement, AT&T customers could roam on the LTE-M networks of these airlines in Canada and in the same way Bell, Rogers and Telus customers on AT&T's LTE-M network in the US.
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