Sprint (NYSE: S) will complete its deployment of LTE Cat 1 technology across its nationwide network by the end of July 2017, the company said.
In addition, Sprint announced plans to begin deploying LTE Cat M in mid-2018 followed by LTE Cat NB1.
“We´re making great progress on our roadmap in support of the evolution of the IoT standards and Access Technology,” said Mohamad Nasser, General Manager of Sprint´s IoT Business Unit. “IoT, along with wireless and wireline, is one of the three critical business lines for the Sprint Business portfolio. We are investing effort and capital to make sure that Sprint is well positioned to capitalize on the incredible growth that IoT will experience globally.”
LTE Cat 1 is designed to support low-power applications on the Sprint network such as vehicle telematics and industrial IoT applications. LTE Cat M1 and LTE Cat NB1 are designed to support numerous other applications requiring ultra-low throughput and power consumption such as industrial sensors, asset trackers, or wearables.
Sprint is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 59.7 million connections as of March 31, 2017 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone.