US Cellular LTE-M running on 90% of cell sites
February 11, 2020
US Cellular has launched its LTE-M network on more than 90% of its cell sites across the USA, with plans to have them 100% covered in the second quarter of 2020.
The LTE-M network is a secure way for businesses to connect large amounts of IoT devices in both urban and rural areas and hard-to-reach environments.
LTE-M is the global cellular standard designed and optimised for IoT connectivity. US Cellular’s LTE-M network is for IoT services such as fleet and asset management, tank monitoring, smart meters and other applications because of its LPWAN that is said to provide extended coverage at a lower cost. Low power or battery-limited LTE-M devices can be less complex, lower cost and built for mass adoption of IoT applications and deployment.
“Our LTE-M network brings our business and government customers capabilities and features that will enable an entirely new set of use cases to help them improve their operations and grow their business,” said Jim Anetsberger, vice president of business sales at US Cellular. “We want to set our IoT customers up for future success with solutions that are designed to meet their specific needs. Working together with our vendors and customers, we can unleash the potential of our LTE-M network.”
US Cellular currently supports several LTE-M modules, including the Telit ME910C1-WW and ME910C1-NA, Quectel BG96, and U-Blox Sara-R410M, with additional vendors coming soon. As the company continues to build out and evolve its LTE-M network, it says features and capabilities will be added.
US Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the USA, providing national network coverage. The Chicago-based carrier is building a network with 5G technology and offers a wide range of communication services.