The market for non-cellular machine-to-machine low power wide area (LPWA) technologies holds the potential for healthy growth, but growth will be conservative with no set standard among proprietary vendors.
AT&T's pursuit of the IoT continued to make news today with the announcement that the carrier will provide connectivity for a smart cities initiative starting this summer in Chicago.
Verizon confirmed to FierceWireless that it is currently planning to shut down its CDMA 1X network by Dec. 31, 2019. However, the carrier said it would work with its current CDMA 1X customers and would consider operating its CDMA 1X network into 2020 if those customers need more time to move onto Verizon's LTE network.
AT&T and IBM are targeting the enterprise with a new IoT initiative.
AT&T said it will launch a pilot of Cat-M1 network technologies later this year as it looks to help businesses cut costs and boost device performance for IoT deployments.
Berg Insight estimated that global cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) module shipments increased by 19.4 per cent in 2015 to a new record level of 96 million.
Samsung announced plans to spend roughly $1.2 billion in the U.S. over the next four years for the research and development of IoT technologies. The world's largest smartphone vendor expressed its desire for a "human-centered approach" to the IoT, emphasizing openness and collaboration and focusing on objectives such as helping people in their homes and keeping them healthy.
AT&T is expanding its mobile healthcare business with the launch of a new Foundry location at the world's largest medical center.
Atari is partnering with IoT network provider Sigfox to launch a line of connected products starting later this year. Just what those devices will be, though, is unknown.
Players such as Sigfox, Ingenu and the LoRa Alliance are rushing to meet those demands with low power wide area network (LPWAN) technologies, taking advantage of a head start as standards for cellular-based IoT offerings are finalized. As those cellular technologies begin to come to market, though, the two sides will battle to provide connectivity for everything from autonomous cars to industrial components to sensors in agricultural fields.