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AT&T Launches First LTE-M Pilots in Mexico for Internet of Things

By Ken Briodagh September 14, 2017

According to a recent announcement, AT&T is deploying LTE-M technology across its network in Mexico. It completed LTE-M pilots in Tijuana and Puebla, Mexico in the third quarter of this year. It has recently also completed the first LTE-M international data session between the U.S. and Mexico.

AT&T deployed a nationwide LTE-M network within its 4G LTE network in the U.S. earlier this year. It now plans to deploy LTE-M across Mexico, which will create the first North American IoT-specific network.

"The success of these pilots validates we're on schedule to expand our North American footprint this year," said Carlos Sánchez, VTO, AT&T in Mexico. "The possibilities for business customers on both sides of the border are endless."

LTE-M is a low-power wide-area (LPWA) technology with many advantages over traditional LTE connectivity. They include better coverage deep inside buildings and underground, longer battery life (up to 10 years) and compact module size. It is also well-suited for personal wearables, smart meters, asset tracking, and security and alarm monitoring.

The LTE-M first pilot in this program was held in Tijuana, the largest city on the Baja California Peninsula. Tijuana is a key manufacturing, financial and industrial center. The second pilot was in Puebla, located in central Mexico, which is an industrial and technology hub that hosts the automobile industry. The LTE-M chipset technology was tested with Qualcomm Technologies and network technology with Ericsson.


Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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