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LTE Cat M1- A Low Power Wide Area Network Technology

CAT M1 is going to be the next level in the world of connectivity. With this network connectivity, the way IoT devices connect will completely change without a doubt. It’s cost-efficient, reliable, and robust, of course when compared to past technologies. Let’s dig down some more information about CAT M1 and know it’s benefits.

Introduction to CAT M1

LTE-M ( or LTE- CAT M1) is a good connectivity option for industries looking to take advantage of LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Networks) technology, that enhances the battery life of devices and connects devices that have previously been hard to reach with coverage more than 2g or 3g networks. The LTE CAT M1 technology is designed basically for IoT devices so that they can get better network connectivity.

Benefits of CAT M1 over other networks

Service Costs Less

Because the maximum data rate of LTE-M devices is only about 100 kbits/s, they do not tax the 4G network as much. Carriers offer service plans that are closer to old 2G M2M pricing than 4G pricing. So you can have a plan according to the application in which this network is implemented.</span

Voice Over LTE

LTE-M enables access to voice services via LPWAN without the need for  additional cellular technologies. VoLTE enables voice communication on packet-switched 4G networks. Being able to deliver voice calls directly over LTE-M represents a major technological advancement for the industry. Such LPWAN networks are designed to prolong the battery life of IoT devices and provide better in-building coverage.

Supports applications with low data rates

CAT M1 is a revolutionary technology which will definitely extend the market for LTE supported devices. It supports applications which use lower data rates for information transmission. It’s one of the best-suited networks for monitoring devices. Monitoring devices can be categorized as health devices, fitness trackers, asset tracking, industrial monitoring, etc.  

Highly secure

When it comes to data transmission, security is one of the most concerning aspects. The support feature of CAT M1 for high range data transmission with low power utilization raises the questions about data security of the network. However, to clarify all the doubts and concerns, CAT M1 features high-security guarantee for data transmission. 

Power-efficient with long battery life

CAT M1 features less complicated working and comes with long battery life. The CAT M1 is also power-efficient and saves lots of unused bandwidth. Let’s say that our modem remains an idol many times. The LTE CAT M1 comes with a power-saving mode which puts the IoT devices in low power usage mode whenever no data transmission activities are happening. 

Handover from one cell site to other cell site

This makes it possible to use this technology in mobile applications. NB-IoT does not allow porting from cell site to cell site and therefore can only be used for fixed applications i.e those that are limited to the coverage area of a single cell site. Read more about comparison in LTE-M and NB-IoT.The CAT M1 is made cellular optimal, which means that it uses the same towers for data transmission as mobile networks do. This way, the data transmission is done in a connective way without any break in networks.

Extended range and Deep penetration in buildings and basement

The LTE-M has good coverage as compared to other LPWAN technologies. Applications for this network will need to operate within buildings, often in locations with restrained access or even underground (think smart meters). With its deep signal penetration capabilities, LTE-M provides a perfect answer to all these needs.Without coverage enhancement, LTE can normally operate to a maximum of approximately 142 dB MCL. Therefore LTE CAT M1 is the network which can reach through all the obstacles and stay strong even in the Multistorey buildings with  multiple basements.

TECHNOLOGY SPECIFICATIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS

  • Deployment: In-Band LTE
  • Downlink Peak Data Rate: 1 Mbps
  • Uplink Peak Data Rate: 1 Mbps
  • Latency: 10-15 ms
  • Technology Bandwidth: 1.08 MHz
  • Duplex Technology: Full or Half Duplex
  • Transmit Power Class: 20/23 dBm

The map above shows  a visual overview of deployments of LTE-M and NB-IoT networks.

Source of map:https://1ot.mobi/resources/blog/nb-iot-and-lte-m-deployment-status-and-roaming-possibilities

Conclusion

It can be concluded with the above-stated benefits that LTE CAT M1 will be the future of IoT devices connectivity. It’s efficient, cost-effective, low powered, secure and supports a wide area range.

PsiBorg technologies not only make IoT devices but can also incorporate CAT M1 networks in IoT devices successfully. If you are interested in bringing an IoT device to market using LTE Cat-M1 technology then connect with the PsiBorg team for expert assistance.

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