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Ericsson, Qualcomm, MTN complete first CAT-M1 test in Africa for IoT

Ericsson, Qualcomm, MTN complete first CAT-M1 test in Africa for IoT

Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies and MTN South Africa have completed a successful demonstration of end-to-end Cat-M1 capabilities, where MTN supported its ambitions in Internet of Things (IoT).

As reported by CIO East Africa, MTN South Africa will continue deploying some trial devices and applications for Cat-M1 in its Test Bed lab using the Qualcomm MDM9206 global multimode LTE IoT modem.

CAT-M1 is a technology that functions on a 1.4 MHz (reduced from 20 MHz) spectrum, has a transmit power of 20Bm, and provides average upload speeds between 200kpbs and 400 kpbs. The technology can extend battery life, potentially by up to 10 years.

"This is the first Cat-M1 test implementation of its kind on the African continent and represents the first stage of a wider scope of test activity. The Cat-M1 trial uses IoT devices integrated with a Qualcomm MDM9206 global multimode LTE IoT modem and the Ericsson Massive IoT Radio Access Network product," reports CIO.

According to the report, the successful test will ensure MTN continues to lead in technological IoT advancements and will prepare it for a new wave of solutions that can be implemented in the near future.

"MTN South Africa will continue trialling devices and applications for Cat-M1 in its Test Bed lab."

Cellular IoT technologies, such as Cat-M1 and their evolution into 5G, set a solid foundation for massive IoT by reducing complexity, lowering power consumption, expanding coverage, and increasing device density.

Cat-M1 enables advanced IoT applications by providing hundreds of kilobits per second in throughput, mobility, and VoLTE support. Examples of typical Cat-M1 IoT applications include smart watches or fitness bands with integrated voice communications services, pet tracking devices, point of sale terminals, vending machines and vehicle tracking with emergency calling support.

Cat-M1 technology provides key advantages of low-cost devices, long battery life, extended coverage and supports a wide range of use cases. The initial use of this technology has been for tracking and reporting use cases.

"Today, the majority of telco IoT revenue comes from machine-to-machine connectivity, but in the next five years, this will change to revenue from platforms, applications and services," reports CIO.

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