Global LTE-M Roaming for Low-Cost IoT Applications

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Global LTE-M Roaming for Low-Cost IoT Applications

Cloud communication platform provider EMnify announced global LTE-M roaming. With this launch, EMnify adds LTE-M support to its current 2G, 3G, and 4G network access. This provides a future-proof connectivity option for cellular IoT, answering the worldwide GSM and UMTS phase-out.

Among the advantages of LTE-M for global IoT deployments are:

  • Long battery life with Power Save Mode and Extended Discontinuous Reception features.
  • Extended range for improved indoor and underground connections.
  • Low-cost modules that are only 30% of 4G module price.

Compared to the other cellular LPWAN variance NB-IoT, LTE-M offers wider national and international roaming availability. It also provides excellent mobility support and higher data rates, enabling a wider range of connected use cases such as asset tracking and fleet management. Faster data speed reduces power consumption in medium-bandwidth transmission like over-the-air firmware updates, as devices stay online for a much shorter time.
Alexander Schebler, VP Carrier Relations and Co-Founder at EMnify, explains:

We recognize LTE-M is the go-to connectivity for a variety of IoT applications because it allows for innovative features not available with previous cellular generations while solving the challenge of 2G/3G sunsetting in regions like North America. To deliver these benefits to customers, we are proactively working with our network partners to enable LTE-M roaming as soon as it is technically available in their networks.

Currently EMnify offers LTE-M access in 45 countries with varying support levels depending on the customer’s deployment location. EMnify empowers IoT businesses with a single SIM card for global cellular and LPWAN connectivity in 180 countries, along with a pay-as-you-go subscription model that can start at small data volumes under 1 MB. In addition to the new LTE-M launch, the company is also working on NB-IoT and 5G roaming with first agreements already signed, to ensure customers have the best access to the latest radio technologies.
More information on EMnify’s LTE-M coverage is available here.

Author: Rainer Claaßen
Image Credit: EMnify

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