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AT&T certifies U-Blox chipset for LTE-M

Steve Rogerson
March 25, 2020

AT&T has certified a U-Blox IoT chipset for its LTE-M network. The UBX-R5 chipset integrates wireless technology with built-in end-to-end security for long life cycle IoT applications.
The Swiss company has completed AT&T’s chipset verification process for the low-power wide area (LPWA) platform to operate on the carrier’s LTE-M network. The chipset includes data security and access control management.
“Completing AT&T’s Adapt certification is a major milestone on the way to commercial readiness of the Sara-R5 module series, our flagship LPWA modules with secure cloud,” said Andreas Thiel, head of product centres and co-founder of U-Blox. “We are thrilled that we are now one step closer to bringing Sara-R5 based IoT to the North American market.”
The UBX-R5 is a cellular chipset supporting LPWA LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies, optimised for long life cycle IoT applications such as smart metering, telematics, tracking, security, building automation, smart lighting and connected health. It implements key features of 3GPP release 14, answering the need for longevity in IoT.
“The U-Blox UBX-R5 chipset will help meet the demand for IoT-optimised chipsets with innovation in enhanced security and high levels of integration,” said Cameron Coursey, vice president at AT&T. “Having the chipset on our LTE-M network will contribute to a vibrant ecosystem that is critical to realising the full potential of massive IoT.”
The built-in end-to-end security comes from a hardware-based root of trust (RoT) integrated in a discrete secure element compliant with EAL5+ High common criteria certification, which makes it suited to protect sensitive assets and communications. The platform also offers integrated eSIM capability, offering SIM activation and subscription management options.
With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, U-Blox has offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.