Rogers to roll out LTE-M across Canada
October 25, 2018
Canadian telco Rogers plans to launch an LTE Cat M1 network (LTE-M) to help businesses connect and track their assets in real time using the likes of logistics tracking, alarm monitoring and smart metering.
The LTE-M network will connect fixed and mobile low-power IoT devices to carry critical information over long distances, with longer battery life and better network coverage in hard to reach areas. This investment in LTE-M should make IoT more accessible for Canadian businesses, to help them innovate and save money and time.
“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 for enterprise at Rogers Communications. “With the launch of LTE-M, we are empowering the adoption of reliable, low cost, and secure IoT that supports a variety of use cases such as asset tracking, smart cities, utilities, transportation and supply chain management.”
The national rollout of LTE-M will start with an initial launch in Ontario by the end of 2018, followed by additional provinces throughout 2019, and a full national rollout completed by 2020. This investment is a stepping stone in Rogers multi-year technology plan to bring 5G to Canadians with its network partner, Ericsson.
“Rogers has a strong history of innovation in IoT,” said Jorge Fernandes, chief technology officer at Rogers Communications. “LTE-M continues that leadership and is a key part of our plan towards building a 5G-ready network. LTE-M will bring massive IoT to life – a market with tremendous scale for connected devices – and will fundamentally improve how Canadian businesses and cities operate.”
LTE-M is also an alternative for all M2M connections that are still using the 2G network. As LTE-M is rolled out, Rogers will provide its customers with options to enhance their service experience when they choose to migrate and upgrade their 2G IoT devices and benefit from all the capabilities provided by LTE-M. In addition, LTE-M will also enable future consumer IoT applications such as wearables, monitoring and tracking.
“IoT is now a mainstream tool of Canadian businesses, with 81% of medium and large-sized Canadian organisations using IoT today, up from 70% last year,” said Nigel Wallis, vice president at IDC Canada. “The development of industry-specific IoT addresses unique business needs, like smart utilities and smart asset tracking. Low-power wide area networks enable businesses to re-think traditional operations practices, and to innovate in ways they would not have attempted before.”