Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

US Cellular certifies Telit modules for LTE-M

Steve Rogerson
November 19, 2019



US Cellular has certified Telit’s ME910C1-WW (worldwide) and ME910C1-NA (North America) modules for its recently launched LTE-M service, a global cellular standard dedicated to the IoT.
 
The modules enable various devices such as point-of-sale terminals, security and surveillance, industrial sensors, asset management, healthcare monitors, smart meters, and smart home systems. Featuring power saving mode (PSM) and extended discontinuous reception (eDRX), the modules suit IoT applications, extending power savings and battery life when supported by the networks.
 
The modules share a common form factor as well as electrical and programming interfaces which allow developers to implement a design once, use anywhere strategy. 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 to the application's environment.
 
In addition to providing reliable connections even when IoT devices are in hard-to-reach locations, the radio frequency front-end (RFFE) engineering improves the modules’ performance. As members of the ME910C1 series, Telit's flagship xE910 module family, they also deliver 4G radio access technology in the 28.2 by 28.2 by 2.2mm form factor and can be applied as a drop-in replacement for existing devices based on the family's 2G and 3G modules.
 
"The ME910C1-WW and ME910C1-NA modules have reached another milestone," said Ken Bednasz, vice president of Americas application engineering at Telit. "Already certified for use in all major markets, they are now certified for use on US Cellular's new LTE-M network. The ME910C1 series reflects our commitment to enabling IoT device designers, manufacturers and their customers to take advantage of US Cellular's latest and greatest network technologies."
 
According to the GSMA, more than 110 LTE-M and NB-IoT commercial networks have been launched globally. Single SKU LTE-M and NB-IoT global multi-mode modules enable enterprise customers to manage products seamlessly across networks worldwide. Modules with worldwide approvals provide access to these networks as users deploy IoT globally.
 
The ME910C1-WW supports global LTE-M and NB-IoT bands and is available for use with carriers in North America, Europe, Japan, China, Australia and other geographies. This enables IoT device manufacturers to apply their ME910C1-WW-based designs quickly and cost-effectively to IoT services for sale in other countries worldwide.
 
"We've recently deployed our LTE-M network and are excited to bring our customers new capabilities and features that will enable an entirely new set of use cases to help businesses improve their operations," said Jim Anetsberger, vice president of business sales at US Cellular. "These new Telit modules will be a key component in devices that will unleash the potential of US Cellular's LTE-M network capabilities."
 
Telit has announced two NB-IoT modules – the NE310H2-W1 and NL865H2-W1. With a global set of bands from unified family form factors, the modules are suitable for 2G to 4G NB-IoT transition and offer low power consumption for battery-driven applications. In addition to extending coverage for ubiquitous connectivity, use cases include smart metering for electricity, gas and water, smart city applications, smart agriculture, and almost any type of industrial sensor or mass-deployment application.
 
Also just announced is Telit SimWise support for 4G LTE-M and NB-IoT connectivity on its cellular module-embedded technology. The technology is a replacement or complement for manufacturers of cellular-connected devices using a traditional SIM card and tray.