Telstra adds IoT support to 4G network

Enables support for LTE Cat 1 devices

Telstra today announced that it has enabled support for Category 1 devices on its LTE network. Cat 1 LTE is intended for connecting devices that are part of the so-called ‘Internet of Things’.

In the past, M2M and IoT devices have typically used 2G or 3G cellular connections. Cat 1 is a speed-limited 4G standard that supports data transfer rates of 10/5Mbps and is intended for connecting IoT-type devices.

Telstra has tested Sequans Communications' Calliope Cat 1 chipset on its production network, according to Mike Wright, the telco’s group managing director of networks.

In an entry on Telstra’s Exchange blog, Wright wrote that the telco would this year work with Ericsson to test low-power Cat-M devices and Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT).

Ericsson earlier this year offered some details of its NB-IoT software. NB-IoT and Cat-M are ultra-low-power standards intended for applications that don’t require high-speed, high-bandwidth data transfers.

“The NB-IoT standard will enable the widespread adoption of the IoT throughout Australia, and across the globe,” Wright wrote.

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