April 4, 2017 –
Verizon launched the first nationwide commercial 4G LTE Category M1 (or Cat M1) network last week, which spans 2.4 million square miles, designed to provide scale, coverage and security for customers seeking wireless access solutions for IoT.
Verizon’s Cat M1 network is built on a virtualized cloud environment, which enables IoT solution deployment and nationwide scaling.
Cat M1 is a new class of LTE chipset that is designed for sensors, which requires less power, offers extended battery life and supports an array of use cases ranging from water meters to asset trackers to consumer electronics.
The low bandwidth use cases for Cat M1 chipsets demand new types of data plans, including low rate, multi-year plans to match the longer useful life of devices. Cat M1 devices can economically scale on Verizon’s wireless network on data plans that are as low as $2 per month per device, with customized options available for bulk activations and volume purchases. By providing competitive rate plans, less expensive chipsets and a global platform to develop, manage and deploy IoT solutions on, Verizon gives innovators, developers and businesses a simple approach to scale from millions of connected devices to billions on 4G LTE at a cost structure that’s competitive with other technologies.
In collaboration with partners, Verizon has enabled an open ecosystem for Cat M1 that includes infrastructure providers and manufacturers of chipsets, modules and devices. Verizon’s Cat M1 partners include industry leaders including Sequans, Telit, U-Blox, Sierra Wireless, Gemalto, Qualcomm Technologies, and Altair. Today, Verizon offers certified chipsets, modules and devices for Cat M1 from Sequans, Telit, Qualcomm Technologies, Encore Networks, Link Labs, and NimbeLink.
ThingSpace is Verizon’s global, web-based IoT platform that enables developers and customers to create new IoT solutions and manage their IoT environments end-to-end from the device to the application level. Roughly 14,000 developers use the platform, adding new APIs and global agreements to support connectivity in more than 175 countries.