Sierra Wireless inks deal with T-Mobile US to expand IoT offerings
Sierra Wireless’ Smart Connectivity service offers access to over 600 partner networks in over 190 countries
Sierra Wireless has announced an expanded agreement with U.S. carrier T-Mobile, with the aim of boosting its global Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) connectivity offering via its Smart Connectivity service.
In a release, Sierra Wireless said that the partnership also enables customers in the United States to access T-Mobile US’ multi-band 5G connectivity, as well as 4G LTE ultra-high data offers for fixed applications that require high throughput and low latency such as commercial security/video surveillance, telehealth services, digital vending, signage and others.
“This agreement with T-Mobile further strengthens Sierra Wireless’ IoT connectivity offering by combining our purpose-built IoT network and management tools along with LPWA, 4G LTE and 5G coverage from T-Mobile’s powerful mobile network,” said Jim Ryan, SVP of partnerships, marketing and IoT solutions at Sierra Wireless. “With the introduction of LPWA in the United States via our global Smart Connectivity service, customers in the US can now access LPWA technology and its many benefits such as wide area coverage, low power usage, and decreased costs, all via one global SIM on our MVNO network, simplifying design and logistics, and reducing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).”
Sierra Wireless’ Smart Connectivity service offers access to over 600 partner networks in over 190 countries.
“T-Mobile Wholesale brings our customers solutions delivering the most advanced 5G network performance and capabilities. This agreement enables Sierra Wireless customers to access T-Mobile’s connectivity for any IoT use case demanding low, high or ultra-high data,” said Dan Thygesen, SVP of T-Mobile Wholesale.
All Sierra Wireless devices and IoT Connectivity services are managed through the AirVantage platform, which provides a unified view and full API access and integration capabilities for all global deployments and subscriptions.
Sierra Wireless noted that the main features of 5G, such as higher data speeds, lower latency, and higher device capacity are set to transform the IoT market, enabling OEMs, advanced electronic, and other industrial companies to support enhanced mobile broadband, ultra-reliable communication and massive machine-type communication use cases.
T-Mobile U.S.’s extended range 5G covers more than 310 million people across 1.7 million square miles. T-Mobile US recently announced that its Standalone (SA) 5G network already reaches 210 million people nationwide.
T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint in 2019 led the way for T-Mobile to use Sprint’s licensed 2.5 GHz spectrum and previously licensed 600MHz spectrum to roll out its Standalone 5G network in 2019. By the summer of 2020, T-Mobile claimed to deploy the world’s first nationwide 5G SA network.