What a dedicated Internet of Things network means for Mexico

US telecommunications giant AT&T has announced plans for the availability of its LTE-M network for the Internet of Things (IoT) for Mexico by the end of this year.

“We fully expect to have nationwide availability of LTE-M technology in Mexico by the end of 2017. This is huge for our enterprise customers. It’s an important step to help accelerate the speed of business,” Kelly King, CEO of AT&T Mexico said in a statement on the AT&T website.

The statement says the LTE-M will be “the catalyst for large-scale IoT deployments. Devices designed to operate on the LTE-M network have advantages over traditional IoT connectivity options.”

According to AT&T, a consumer would see lower device costs, longer battery life, and better coverage underground and deep inside buildings.

Chris Penrose, AT&T IoT solutions president in the statement: “Thanks to the success of our pilot, we’re on track to support LTE-M devices across our commercial network in the US and Mexico ahead of schedule.”

Gartner, research and advisory company has forecasted that “8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31 per cent from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020”. (1)

The Gartner media release says that “the consumer segment is the largest user of connected things with 5.2 billion units in 2017, which represents 63 per cent of the overall number of applications in use. Businesses are on pace to employ 3.1 billion connected things in 2017.”

Peter Middleton, a research director at Gartner, says in the statement: “Aside from automotive systems, the applications that will be most in use by consumers will be smart TVs and digital set-top boxes, while smart electric meters and commercial security cameras will be most in use by businesses.”

The Internet of Things or IoT is enabled by sensors present in physical objects that we use every day. These sensors receive and collect data and transmit this data to a computer-based system or smart device.

Increasingly we hear terms such as smart cities, connected homes, connected business. These chips can give us data that could make our lives easier, help us improve our health or improve our services.

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(1) http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3598917