Rogers has announced it plans to launch a dedicated LTE network for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This LTE Cat M1 network (LTE-M) is aimed at businesses to “connect and track their assets in real time – using solutions such as logistics tracking, alarm monitoring, and smart metering.”
The company’s LTE-M network will allow IoT devices to transmit data over farther distances and help preserve battery life for fixed and mobile low-power devices, which in turn is said to bring cost savings and boost efficiency for businesses.
“As leaders in IoT, we are committed to supporting our customers as they explore the capabilities and benefits available through Rogers rapidly growing IoT ecosystem,” said Dean Prevost, President, Enterprise, Rogers Communications, in a press release. “With the launch of LTE-M, we are empowering the adoption of reliable, low cost, and secure IoT solutions that support a variety of use cases such as asset tracking, smart cities, utilities, transportation, and supply chain management.”
According to the company, LTE-M is seen as the next evolution for businesses with machine-to-machine connections still using legacy 2G connections.
Rogers will launch LTE-M in Ontario by the end of this year, followed by more provinces in 2019, with a full national rollout pegged for 2020.