Today Bell announced the impending launch of its innovative new LTE-M network in Canada. It won't be ready to roll out to the public until at least 2018, but is going to bring about a broad range of improvements for Canadians once it does. Trials and tests with pilot customers have been completed successfully and we will keep you posted as things progress.
What is LTE-M?
LTE means Long Term Evolution - which is the current standard in telecommunications at this point in time. It links smartphones, laptops, tablets, or other devices on telecommunications networks. It is faster, more reliable, further-reaching, better for device battery life and is cheaper than its predecessor 3G. The M means category M1.
LTE-M will be useful for standard mobile devices and will provide better coverage in underground and other difficult to reach areas. Even better, the network connects IoT (Internet of Things) devices to the Internet, providing support for:
- Smart meters
- Wearable technology
- Security and alarm systems
- Logistics and Transportation
- Asset tracking for emergency workers
- Weather and environmental monitoring
- Agriculture and greenhouse operations
- Accessibility applications and many other uses.
"Bell's leadership in LTE-M technology is another example of our commitment to continued investment and innovation in our networks and the rapidly growing IoT space. LTE-M makes it possible to have many thousands of smart sensors collecting and sending data over a wider range and with better battery life than other connectivity options. We invite developers and partners to join us as we open the doors to new and exciting innovations in IoT," said Stephen Howe, Bell's Chief Technology Officer.
About Bell: Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services from Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca or BCE.ca.
Source: BCE News