AT&T approves next generation LTE modules for IoT devices

AT&T (NYSE: T) and Wistron NeWeb Corp. (WNC) have developed the M14A2A Cat-1 and M18Q2F Cat-4 modules to help businesses lower costs and improve device performance for a broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications, the company said.

AT&T has certified the modules to run on its 4G LTE network.

M14A2A modules will be eligible for firmware updates to LTE Cat-M1 in 2017. This will be in time for launch of the Cat-M1 network specifically built for a IoT use. This use extends coverage and reduces battery consumption. The technology will be tested later this year.

The modules use an industry standard surface-mount package specified by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. Companies can use the design module to build IoT devices that easily interchange modules for different uses. It also simplifies transition to next-generation modules.

AT&T Inc. offers mobile, high speed internet and voice services.

WNC designs and manufactures advanced communications products.