Gemalto is launching a LTE Cat. M1 wireless module for IoT solutions. The new Cinterion LTE Cat. M1 delivers LTE for Machine-Type-Communication (MTC) and improved power savings that enables battery life of 10+ years, for some use cases.

The new module is ideal for use cases that are not dependent on speed, but rather require network longevity and improved indoor coverage such as asset trackers, healthcare solutions, smart meters and industrial sensors.

The new wireless module is the first IoT solution based on a dedicated LTE Cat. M1 chipset, according to the vendor. The solution operates on LTE spectrum and is capable of supporting more than 10 frequency bands from a single hardware device.

In the future, the new module will be able to run LTE NB-IoT protocols on the same hardware, giving customers a future-proof path to the latest network standards.

Sharing the same footprint as existing Cinterion products, the LTE Cat. M1 solution enables easy migration from 2G and 3G devices. Development samples are available immediately before debuting on the Verizon 4G LTE Cat M1 network in early 2017, which is scheduled to achieve nationwide US coverage by the end of Q1 2017.

“The LTE market for IoT is vast and requires connectivity solutions for a range of devices, from low-power, low-bandwidth applications addressed by LTE-Cat M1, to higher performance, wider bandwidth use cases best addressed by LTE Cat 1 or Cat 3,” said Chris Schmidt, executive director device technology at Verizon.

“Gemalto’s LTE-M1, LTE Cat. 1 and VoLTE Cat. 1 solutions ensure that highly efficient 4G connectivity is available for every type of IoT application,” said Andreas Haegele, SVP M2M at Gemalto. "With steady double-digit IoT growth expected in the coming years, Gemalto is committed to delivering cutting edge products that connect, secure and monetise the expanding IoT."