AT&T will launch NarrowBand Internet of Things (NB-IoT) in US and Mexico to meet the growing needs of business customers for a wide range of IoT solutions.
NB-IoT and LTE-M are Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) technologies that support massive IoT deployments. Both NB-IoT and LTE-M are supported in licensed spectrum and with carrier-grade security.
“We’ve seen global momentum for LPWA since launching our North American LTE-M network last year,” said Chris Penrose, President, IoT Solutions, AT&T.
“Adding NB-IoT to our portfolio will expand our LPWA capabilities, help drive investment in our evolution to 5G and support our customers as they deploy IoT solutions across the U.S. and Mexico,” added Penrose.
NB-IoT will be launched in the U.S. early next year, followed by Mexico by the end of 2019.
Like LTE-M, NB-IoT technology will be deployed through software upgrades at cell sites across the US and Mexico. Both will operate alongside 4G LTE network and within mobile 5G network.
AT&T’s 5G network is scheduled to launch in parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas, by the end of this year.