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Verizon and Qualcomm Team Up for New IoT Modules

By Ken Briodagh January 04, 2017

In another big partnership announcement out of Las Vegas this week, Verizon and Qualcomm have said they are joining forces to accelerate innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT) with the introduction of Verizon ThingSpace-ready modules from Quectel and Telit using Qualcomm Technologies’ MDM9206 Category M1 (Cat-M1) LTE modem. Verizon is also making a new ThingSpace platform development kit available.

According to the announcement, Verizon’s ThingSpace client has been pre-integrated and tested on the MDM9206 LTE modem and is designed to allow manufacturers to easily and seamlessly develop, as well as manage, IoT devices for quicker time-to-commercialization. OEMs will be able to develop cost-effective and small-footprint devices and incorporate the benefits of LTE connectivity into many new IoT applications.

“We're pleased to work with both Qualcomm Technologies and Verizon to quickly commercialize a ThingSpace-ready LTE Cat-M1 module,” said Patrick Qian, CEO, Quectel. “This work will result in earlier opportunities for product OEMs to take advantage of Verizon's Cat-M1 network rollout. We see great opportunities for new and creative IoT applications benefiting from the implementation of ThingSpace software and Qualcomm Technologies' MDM9206 LTE modem technology in Quectel's BG96 module enabling performance and cost optimized products.”

“Telit's work on this cloud-ready LTE Cat-M1 IoT module expands our long, multi-faceted relationship with Qualcomm Technologies and Verizon. Together we have been powering millions of CDMA IoT devices on Verizon's network across North America for many years,” said Dennis Kelly, VP, Sales, Americas, Telit. “With its inherent low-power consumption and wider range, our new ME910C1 module targets an array of innovative IoT devices or – by leveraging Telit's unique family concept – it can also be applied as a simple drop-in replacement for existing 2G, 3G and CDMA devices.”

Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies will showcase at CES 2017 how pre-integration of the ThingSpace client within the MDM9206 Cat-M1 LTE modem supports novel use cases for industrial IoT segments such as comprehensive asset management and tracking using the live over-the-air 4G LTE Cat-M1 network. 

“As more and more devices, products and systems enter the IoT space, it’s imperative the infrastructure keep up. Paired with our rollout of the LTE Cat-M1 network, which will reach nationwide coverage by the end of 1Q 2017, the launch of a pre-integrated ThingSpace platform means developers can bring IoT products to market quicker and easier,” said Mark Bartolomeo, VP, connected solutions, Verizon. “Together with Qualcomm Technologies, Telit and Quectel, we're offering a simple, seamless way to create edge access by incorporating LTE connectivity into these new applications. In other words, we're simplifying IoT to increase participation rates across all segments, particularly the mid-size businesses that benefit the most from IoT solutions.”




Edited by Alicia Young

Editorial Director

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