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Ericsson and Sierra Wireless complete Cat-M1 tests in Spain

Steve Rogerson
March 2, 2016
Ericsson and Sierra Wireless have executed network and device testing of data communications on CatT-M1 or LTE-M for IoT over Telefónica's network in Spain. This was achieved through the successful interoperability testing of a Sierra Wireless modem, which builds Cat-M1 chipsets in, and Ericsson's packet core and radio products.
Tests took place within the 5Tonic project, the 5G research and innovation open lab of which Ericsson is an active member, founded by Telefónica and Imdea Networks. The lab is an open place where companies and individuals test ideas with different IoT networks, according to their needs, and prove concepts, experiment and build initial prototypes that can lead to a commercial offering. This open lab is said to be the first environment providing both NB-IoT and Cat-M1.
Ericsson's products for Cat-M1 wireless communications enables extended coverage, lower device cost relative to mobile broadband devices, and overall lower power consumption. Collectively, these capabilities will facilitate a boom in devices linking a range of internet connected things, driving productivity and creativity across a range of industries.  
Ericsson is present today in all high-traffic LTE markets including the USA, Japan and South Korea, and is ranked first for handling the most global LTE traffic. In addition, 40 per cent of the world's total mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. More than 270 LTE RAN and evolved packet core networks have been delivered by Ericsson worldwide, of which 200 are live commercially.