Rogers, Telus and Bell have simultaneously announced this morning expanded LTE-M network coverage in the United States, for Internet of Things (IoT) business customers.
The new partnership with American wireless carrier AT&T, a reciprocal deal offering customers of the latter to roam in Canada as well on Big 3 LTE-M networks.
“Rogers is leading the way in IoT and with today’s announcements, we are delivering on our commitment to bring Canadian businesses the latest in IoT connectivity and Managed Solutions,” said Dean Prevost, President, Rogers for Business. “With this AT&T roaming agreement, combined with the launch of our NB-IoT network technology in Canada, we are once again driving more innovation for businesses.”
Rogers says it also recently launched Narrow-Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT), which “allows stationary IoT devices and sensors to send and receive small amounts of data over long distances, with very low power requirements.”
“Expanding the reach of the TELUS LTE-M network is a boon for TELUS IoT customers here in Canada, allowing them to easily extend their footprint to the United States and unlocking a tremendous amount of business potential in the process,” said Michael Cihra, TELUS VP of IoT.
“As the nation’s leader in broadband network innovation, Bell is helping Canadian enterprises take full advantage of IoT applications to improve their operations and grow their businesses,” said Nauby Jacob, Bell Mobility’s Vice President of Products and Services.
LTE-M networks provide increased range and signal for large volumes of IoT devices, which usually have low bandwidth and power requirements. IoT devices are used by businesses for tracking freight and inventory, for example.