As explained by Chris Penrose, the senior vice president of IoT Solutions at AT&T, the introduction of the new prepaid data plans will make it easier for developers and businesses to launch their IoT solution. And although at first the data is good for 1,000 devices, AT&T can help these customers scale their IoT offering beyond that initial scope, and then provide connectivity depending on how fast or how big those customers are expanding their business.
Apart from announcing three new prepaid data plans, AT&T has also revealed plans of deploying its LTE-M technology in the city of San Francisco, California next month. For those not familiar with LTE-M, it is a technology that connects devices like utility meters, vending machines, alarm systems, transportation fleets, industrial equipment, and healthcare gadgets. For its pilot launch of LTE-M in San Francisco, AT&T will be joined by Samsung, Pepsi, and Capstone Metering.
The company is targeting to complete the roll-out of its LTE-M tech across its LTE network some time in 2017. As claimed by AT&T, the LTE-M deployment should provide improved coverage for IoT devices underground and inside buildings, lengthen battery life up to a decade, and offer a price advantage over other similar existing tech.
Source: Fierce Wireless