MultiTech Achieves LTE Category M1 Device Approval for AT&T Network

By Ken Briodagh January 10, 2018

According to a recent announcement, Multi-Tech Systems, a global manufacturer of M2M and IoT communication devices, has had its first LTE-M devices approved for use on the AT&T LTE-M network.

The MultiConnect Cell 100 Series is part of MultiTech’s comprehensive portfolio of cellular connectivity products optimized for M2M (machine-to-machine) communications. Designed to be easy to install and configure through AT commands, the MultiConnect Cell is ideal for failover, out-of-band management or primary internet connection over cellular. The MultiConnect Cell connects an intelligent appliance via a Serial RS232 or USB interface.

The SocketModem Cell embedded modem is the industry’s top-selling operator certified, embedded, end product modem family. These new 4G-LTE Cat M1 (LTE-M) models offer peak upload and download data rates of up to 375 Kbps and are ideally suited for long lifetime IoT applications that require lower data rates (2G replacement) as well as battery- or solar-operated devices with improved range.

“MultiTech has a strong presence in the IoT and has been a longtime supporter of AT&T customers looking to get the most out of their IoT deployments,” said Cameron Coursey, VP, Product Development for IoT Solutions, AT&T. “It is no surprise to see them taking the lead in delivering devices to connect to our new LTE-M network.”

These modems have been sampling to network operators and their customers evaluating new IoT applications or transitioning from legacy standards or proprietary technologies to the new LTE-M networks, and are now available for purchase. The new LTE Category M1 modems and devices are targeted at applications in industry verticals ranging from smart cities to energy, utilities, and factory automation, as well as healthcare. The new 4G-LTE Cat M1 models for AT&T are available for immediate shipments.

“We are delighted to continue our leadership driving the adoption and commercialization of LPWA technologies for the Internet of Things in lock-step with industry leading partners like AT&T,” said Daniel Quant, VP, Product Management and Marketing Strategy, MultiTech. “These first devices approved for AT&T build on our recent history of LPWA firsts supporting both 3GPP licensed and LoRa® technology-based unlicensed spectrum, as well as our long-standing commitment to delivering the solutions best suited to our customers’ needs.”

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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