Ericsson Readies Telstra For IoT On LTE With Cat-M1 Demo
Ericsson says that, along with Qualcomm, it has “executed network and device testing of data communications on Cat-M1,” for Telstra at its headquarters in Sweden.
Telstra’s network group MD Mike Wright said Cat-M1 represents “a significant step towards delivering cellular-based IoT capabilities. … Cat-M1 will deliver both longer battery life and extended depth of coverage benefits that will be further complemented with the expected arrival of Narrowband IoT (Cat-NB1) devices later next year, along with a progression toward the greatly reduced module costs.”
Cat-M1 will deliver maximum upstream and downstream bandwidths of 1Mbps using 1.4MHz of spectrum. The protocol has been designed for simplicity to reduce device costs, which are expected to be as low as $10.
Telstra has given no indication of Cat-M1 deployment plans. However the technology should be commercially available early next year.
AT&T is already trialling Cat-M1 already and has said it will be rolling it out in 2017. – Stuart Corner