Sprint announced it will complete its deployment of LTE Cat 1 technology across its nationwide network by the end of July 2017. 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.
Glenn Laxdal, Head of Network Products, Ericsson North America, said: “As one of the leading enablers and solution providers of the Internet of Things, Ericsson believes in its power to transform industries and capture new growth. Ericsson looks forward to partnering with Sprint to deploy Cat M1 next year and bring the transformative power of IoT to the Sprint Nationwide network.”
Sprint continues to evolve its IoT solutions portfolio. LTE CAT 1 will provide long-term, future-proof solutions for clients. The company is the seventh largest provider of IoT devices in the world.