LTE-M


​​​By the end of 2016, 6.4 billion 'things' will be connected, and by 2020, this figure is expected to reach a staggering 20.8 billion things. Our planet is getting connected faster than we can imagine! To accommodate our growing need for bandwidth, wireless networks are evolving to LTE, which offers greater bandwidth, speed and reliability. However, the vast majority of new IoT connections don’t require maximum speed and throughput. For typical IoT solutions like alarm systems, asset trackers, smart meters, smart city controllers, wearables and industrial sensors, an optimized category of Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) LTE is preferred.

The latest generation of IoT-optimized connectivity technology, LTE Cat. M1, f​ollows Cat. 1 and takes network efficiency and simplicity to a whole new level. Gemalto and Sequans are first to innovate Cat. M1 for the IoT market enabling reduced power consumption and cost through optimized wireless speeds at 375kbps while simultaneously boosting reliability and range for indoor installations.

Offering advanced power management capabilities and efficient use of the network, Gemalto’s Cat. M1 technology enables long stand-by times and 10 years of battery-powered operation making it ideal for remote solutions without easy access to power. Offered in Gemalto’s proprietary industrial footprint, the Cat. M1 module enables smooth migration from 2G and 3G devices without major design overhauls - a mission critical achievement for many IoT business models.

As a dedicated LPWAN standard, IoT LTE M enables lower costs, small footprints and innovative low-power optimization. It fills a growing need for IoT solutions and is driving the marketplace forward as billions and billions of new devices get connected.

The LTE for IoT ecosystem on both the network and device side is progressing rapidly toward commercial readiness, as evidenced in a recent demonstration where Ericsson's LTE Cat. M1 eNodeB software and a Gemalto IoT module based on Sequans' Monarch LTE Cat. M1 chip are successfully communicating, compliant with 3GPP Rel13 specifications for Machine Type Communications.

​​​Read more in our press release

  • Gemalto launches industry-first LTE Cat. M1 module for ​​Highly Efficient LTE-M connectivity optimized for IoT​​​

    Gemalto's Cinterion® EMS31 is the industry's first LTE Cat. M1 wireless module tailored for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

    Learn more about Cinterion EMS31 module