Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Telit module gets first approval for AT&T NB-IoT network

Steve Rogerson
June 19, 2019



Italian IoT enabler Telit’s ME910C1-WW is the first module certified by AT&T for its recently launched NB-IoT network. The module also operates on the carrier’s complementary LTE-M low-power wide-area (LPWA) network.
 
The module enables many devices, including smart meters, point-of-sale terminals, industrial sensors, asset management, healthcare monitors and home automation systems. Features such as power saving mode and extended discontinuous reception enabled by both AT&T LPWA networks make the module suitable for IoT applications that require low power and long battery life.
 
It provides reliable connections even when IoT devices are in hard-to-reach locations. The radio frequency front-end (RFFE) engineering provides the module with performance across the entire industrial-grade operating temperature range from -40 to +85˚C.
 
“The Telit ME910C1-WW is already certified for use on AT&T’s LTE-M IoT network, and now it’s the first module certified for its new NB-IoT network,” said Manish Watwani, chief marketing and product officer for Telit. “These firsts highlight our commitment to enabling IoT device designers, manufacturers and their customers to take advantage of AT&T’s latest and greatest network technologies.”
 
According to the GSMA, more than 110 LTE-M and NB-IoT commercial networks have been launched globally. The combination of NB-IoT and LTE-M capabilities into a single multi-mode module will give users more access to these networks as they deploy IoT globally. Manufacturers will also be able to create modules with a single SKU that will enable enterprise users to manage products seamlessly across global networks.
 
"Our NB-IoT and LTE-M networks deliver advanced services and capabilities for the IoT that include coverage extension, improved battery life and lower module and service costs,” said Chris Penrose, president for IoT at AT&T. “With the recent launch of our NB-IoT network, we’re moving rapidly to make these advantages a reality for our business customers. Telit’s multi-mode module will play a critical role.”
 
The module supports global LTE bands as well as 2G fallback and is available for use with carriers in North America, Europe, Japan, China, Australia and other areas. This enables IoT device manufacturers to apply their ME910C1-WW-based designs quickly and cost-effectively to IoT products for sale in other countries worldwide.
 
A member of Telit’s xE910 family, the module can be applied as a drop-in replacement in existing devices based on the family’s modules for 2G, 3G and all categories of LTE. Developers can cut costs and development time by designing around the xE910 LGA common form factor, giving them the freedom to deploy technologies best suited for the application’s environment.