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October 12, 2015

Webinar - Why LTE May Be the Best Choice for Your IoT Implementation

You may have noticed there’s a lot of discussion lately about how using the latest cellular networks for Internet of Things implementations is like drinking from a fire hose. Eran Eshed of Altair Semiconductor (News - Alert) says that’s simply not the case, and he wants to make it clear why.

While some of the cellular service providers may be decommissioning their 2G networks that support most of the IoT devices out there today, these major cellular carriers are also working with their suppliers to bring to market IoT-targeted solutions that can run on the 4G LTE (News - Alert) networks that are up and running today.

That includes Cat-1 and Cat-0 LTE, both of which have already been defined by the 3GPP, as well as Cat-M. CAT-1 has a maximum downlink speed of 10Mbps, an upload rate of 5Mbps, and is more cost- and power-efficient for IoT applications that don’t need the higher bandwidth rates delivered by the version of LTE (known as Cat-4) used by today’s smartphones. CAT-0, which is addressed in the 3GPP’s Release 12 standard, will allow for even lower bandwidth (with a maximum throughput of 1Mbps) and more power-efficient LTE connectivity in the future.

“LTE networks are there, and they generate good revenue and profits for the carriers,” says Eshed, co-founder and vice president of marketing and business development at Altair Semiconductor. “LPWA involves a purpose-built network, and you have to build it from the ground up.”

In the webinar “Decisions, Decisions: How to Approach Long-Range Wireless IoT”, Eshed will talk about that and the other benefits of using LTE for IoT. That includes the fact the LTE already is supported by a broad ecosystem, is a tested and proven technology, has security built in, and relies on a licensed as opposed to unlicensed spectrum.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere