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AT&T’s recent announcement that it would roll out a narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network was spurred by wide-ranging customer demand, VP of IoT Solutions Shiraz Hasan told Fierce Wireless.

The company will be rolling out its NB-IoT network in the US and Mexico over the next two years to complement its existing LTE-M low-power wide-area network (LPWAN), offering customers an array of options to connect IoT devices. This revelation is instructive for both network operators and device makers, as it gives a glimpse into wider IoT user communication needs.

AT&T had been focused on creating software and firmware updates tied to the rollout of its LTE-M network in recent years. Deploying its LTE-M network was a natural focus for the company, as it didn’t require any physical access to towers, and therefore could be done much faster than rolling out an NB-IoT network.

The company had also developed and conducted early tests of the technology on its own, so it was able to easily gauge how it …read more

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