Partners Praise Verizon’s Debut of IoT-Boosting Wireless Technology

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Verizon plans to deploy Category M1 LTE network technology on its network to support the Internet of Things (IoT).

Verizon's Rosemary McNallyThe deployment is part of the carrier’s strategy to “make cellular network connectivity simple, reliable and economically viable as IoT adoption increases.” Verizon is working with chipset, module and device partners to drive the next-generation of IoT use cases, it said.

Expected by the end of this year, Verizon’s Cat M1 deployment will make it the first wireless service provider in the United States to launch.

“Up until now, the cost to connect devices to a wide-area network has been a barrier to widespread IoT,” said Rosemary McNally, Verizon’s vice president of mobile devices and OS technology. “By evolving our device ecosystem to include Cat M1, we’re aligning Verizon’s 4G LTE network to the needs of future IoT deployments. We are also taking direct aim at emerging low-power wireless access (LPWA) solutions, which have entered the U.S. market, but do not offer the same level of scale, coverage and security as LTE.”

Cat M1 refers to sensors and devices requiring lower throughput, extended battery life (for some use cases) and better power efficiency than current IoT offerings, Verizon said. By making these chipsets less expensive to deploy, innovators, developers and businesses have a “clear pathway to scale from millions of connected devices to billions of connected devices on 4G LTE at a cost structure that’s competitive with other technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee and Z-Wave,” it said.{ad}

BCM One's John CunninghamBCM One is one of Verizon’s largest Platinum partners.

“Category M1 is one of the new narrowband categories of the LTE standard that will significantly impact IoT and M2M applications,” said John Cunningham, BCM One’s founder and CEO. “M1 is ultra-cost and power efficient, making it ideal for machine-to-machine applications that need very little throughput, or where the devices are idle or asleep most of the time. Verizon will be able to provide M1 LTE at a significantly lower price point, opening up a much larger potential market. The partner channel, having strong relationships with businesses of all sizes, is an ideal vehicle to accelerate the adoption of machine-to-machine communications to companies large and small.”

BCM One is looking forward to helping its clients and partners plan, design, deploy and manage M1 LTE connected offerings to improve their businesses, he said.

“Verizon is doing a great job continually developing strong next-generation technologies that provide incremental business opportunities that partners like us can benefit from,” Cunningham said. “It enables us to provide more value to our clients by layering on our deployment and managed solutions all while increase our profitability per client.”

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