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Cinterion® LTE Cat.1 wireless Modules

Self-driving cars, smart homes, connected cities - the Internet of Things (IoT) is optimizing the way we work, live and play - and growing at lightning speed. Cisco estimates 50 billion IoT connected devices by 2020 and Gartner is projecting $300 billion in revenues for IoT suppliers alone.  To provide bandwidth for the constant flow of new connections, the wireless industry is evolving to LTE technology, which provides greater bandwidth, faster speed and ultimately, better reliability. With the sunset of 2G and 3G networks on the horizon, the IoT industry is moving to LTE to preserve the longevity and reliability of solutions with a typical lifespan of 10 years. 

The challenge is, the vast majority of IoT applications – metering, track and trace, fleet management and many more – don’t need the speed and throughput of LTE. These solutions send small bits of data with low latency. How can developers strengthen the business case? Enter LTE Category 1 !

Specifically designed for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and industrial IoT applications, LTE Cat. 1 provides a maximum of 10 Mbit/s downlink speed and 5Mbit/s uplink compared to LTE's peak downlink speed of 300 Mbps. This makes it ideal for solutions not dependent on speed that still require the longevity and reliability of 4G in the decades ahead.

Gemalto was the first to innovate LTE Cat. 1 M2M modules launching a family of solutions combining efficient connectivity with lower power consumption and improved cost efficiency.

The award winning Cinterion® ELS31 delivers single mode M2M-optimized connectivity for industrial IoT solutions in LTE exclusive environments.

The Cinterion ELS61 offers embedded Java and seamless fall back to 2G and 3G networks for mobile solutions and areas where LTE rollouts are ongoing.


Gemalto’s LTE Cat. 1 family is the industry's first step toward true Machine Type Communications offering advantages in size, power and longevity. Our future-proof designs are easily integrated with Gemalto's M2M-optimized SIMs - the MIM™ as well as security technologies for significant value added benefits.

Gemalto Cinterion® LTE Cat. 1 modules feature:

  • Future proof design allowing easy migration
  • Improved efficiency for reduced power consumption
  • VoLTE Cat. 1 delivering simultaneous data and voice capabilities* 

  • Fallback to 2G or 3G*
  • Java™ embedded processing*

* Available on selected module variants

Gemalto launches world's first "all-in-one" IoT module delivering global LTE connectivity