Verizon launches LTE Category M1 nationwide network for IoT

Verizon has launched the first nationwide commercial 4G LTE Category M1 (or Cat M1) network, which spans 2.4m square miles, the company said.

This is the first Cat M1 network providing scale, coverage and security for customers seeking wireless access solutions for IoT, the company said.

Verizon´s Cat M1 network is built on a virtualized cloud environment which enables rapid and agile IoT solution deployment and nationwide scaling aimed at increasing IoT adoption for developers and businesses with new and more economical IoT data plans.

Cat M1 is a new class of LTE chipset that is designed for sensors. They require less power, offer extended battery life and support an array of use cases ranging from water meters to asset trackers to consumer electronics.

In collaboration with industry-leading partners, Verizon has enabled an open ecosystem for Cat M1 that includes infrastructure providers and manufacturers of chipsets, modules and devices.

Verizon´s Cat M1 partners include industry leaders like Sequans, Telit, U-Blox, Sierra Wireless, Gemalto, Qualcomm Technologies, and Altair.

ThingSpace is Verizon´s global, web-based IoT platform that enables developers and customers to create new IoT solutions and manage their IoT environments end-to-end from the device to the application level.

When Cat M1 LTE chipsets that are pre-loaded with Verizon ThingSpace client are deployed (like the one offered by Qualcomm Technologies), customers, developers and end-users will receive a better, more turnkey experience. For example, in the consumer context, use of the ThingSpace client on a connected washing machine would allow the machine to securely and seamlessly connect to the 4GLTE network and communicate with the consumer or manufacturer regarding chore status and diagnostic information.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 160,900 and generated nearly USD 126bn in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America´s most reliable wireless network, with 114.2m retail connections nationwide.