What is the LTE-M network?
Today connectivity is a crucial issue for entrepreneurs and technology advances by leaps and bounds. Although Pakistan still suffers from the lack of connectivity, it does not want to be left behind either and is already shaping up to have high-level connections that will undoubtedly be of interest to every entrepreneur, not only because it aims at higher speeds, but because it is already bringing users closer together to the Internet of Things.
Specifically, we want to talk to you about LTE-M, which is the spearhead for Low Power Long Range (LPWA) network connectivity. It is a vital platform for the Internet of Things and its deployment is a basic pillar for its global growth.
It is an innovative network that aims to increase data capacity up to three times and will provide voice and video in high definition and that seeks to boost the hyperconnectivity of the Internet of Things, with LTE-M technology.
In addition, the objective of the firm is that in the short term the speed of this network is expanded up to 10 times in 76 cities of the country, which is now being tested in ten, such as Puerto Vallarta and Ixtapan.
According to the directors, reaching this network in the country took four years with an investment of approximately 8,000 million dollars, although it will have no cost for Telcel users who have devices that have the capacity to support this network.
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The LTE-M network is the spearhead for Long Range Low Power (LPWA) network connectivity and the catalyst for Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. on a large scale. This network, unlike traditional IoT connectivity options, enables smaller module sizes, lower costs, longer battery life, and better coverage within buildings. And all this with a level of security similar to those of an operator.
And how it works?
This low-power wide-area technology supports IoT (Internet of Things) across low-complexity devices and provides extended coverage, while enabling reuse of the LTE installed base.
This network meets some characteristics:
Broad spectrum of devices – Any LTE machine-to-machine system must be capable of supporting a wide variety of different types of devices. These can range from smart meters to vending machines and automotive fleet management to safety and medical devices. These different devices have many different requirements, so any LTE-M system must be flexible.
Low Device Cost – Most M2M devices need to be small and fit equipment that is very cost sensitive. With many low-cost M2M systems already available, LTE-M needs to provide the benefits of a cellular system, but at a low cost.
Long Battery Life – Many M2M devices will need to be left unattended for long periods of time in areas where there is no power supply. Replacing batteries constantly is expensive, therefore any device should have a time between battery changes of up to ten years. This means that the system must be able to use very little battery power.
Enhanced coverage – Applications for this network will need to operate within a variety of locations, not just where reception is good. They will have to operate inside buildings, often in positions where there is little access and where reception may be poor. Consequently, LTE-M must be able to function under all conditions.
Large volumes – low data rates. As remote device volumes are expected to be huge, it must be structured so that networks can accommodate large numbers of connected devices that may only require small amounts of data, usually in short peaks but at low data rates.