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.
T-Mobile US will power a new service from startup Twilio called Programmable Wireless that essentially gives developers the ability to control the operation of voice, texting and data on Twilio's T-Mobile-powered SIM cards. The SIM cards can be installed on phones or into IoT-style sensors and gadgets.
Ingenu said it will team with Compal Electronics to produce IoT hardware to market using Ingenu's proprietary RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access) technology.
Sigfox announced plans to expand its U.S. operations in a big way, vowing to deploy its IoT network in 100 cities across America this year. The move could create additional challenges for AT&T and Verizon as they work to sell IoT services through their LTE networks.
Machina Research said it has become clear that the Internet of Things (IoT) represents a far greater revenue opportunity than that offered by machine-to-machine (M2) applications alone.
The recent ratification of the Cat M1 standard and later Cat M2 indicates that LTE will rapidly replace 2G and 3G connections in some of the major M2M markets.
Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies dubbed low power wide area (LPWA) networks are deemed a critical element in the platforms that will in future support the burgeoning range of connected objects with long battery lives and low data rate requirements. How many of these various standards will exist in future? Will proprietary options eventually be pushed out by the cellular standards, or can a number of different standards continue to co-exist?
Philips selected Vodafone as its global wireless connectivity partner for an Internet of Things (IoT) based smart street lighting system that the company said will pave the way for additional smart city initiatives in the future.
Data2Go Wireless said it will team with London's Stream Technologies UK to better manage its IoT-focused MVNO business.
T-Mobile executives said Verizon's recent claims over its ability to deploy 5G services are-- ahem-- baloney. "We're starting to see a lot of news starting to form in and around the 5G space," T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said during a conference call to discuss the carrier's quarterly earnings. "I think folks have seen some of the earlier announcements, and you know, Verizon trying to move and saying they're going to be the first to 5G, well, it's kind of BS, to be honest."