Verizon’s,, vow to launch LTE Cat M1 for the IoT (Internet of Things) before the end of this year is a big step closer to reality after the completion in late October of what is believed to be the world’s first live, OTA (over-the-air) LTE Cat M1 data call, conducted on Verizon’s pre-commercial LTE Cat M1 network in south Florida. The call showed a prototype device, using Sequans’ Monarch LTE Cat M1 chip, communicating live OTA to an LTE base station on Verizon’s pre-commercial LTE Cat M1 network. “This is a big accomplishment,” remarks Craig Miller, Sequans vice president of marketing. “We are working side-by-side with Verizon to support its aggressive, end of year, commercial LTE Cat M1 network launch goal and we are excited that we’ve reached this major milestone.” When speaking of the importance of LTE Cat M1 to the IoT market, Verizon said in a statement, “Up until now, the cost to connect devices to a WAN (wide-area network) has been a barrier to widespread IoT. By evolving our device ecosystem to include Cat M1, we’re aligning Verizon’s 4G LTE network to the needs of future IoT deployments. We are also taking direct aim at emerging
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