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Numerex provides path from 2G to LTE, bypassing 3G

Steve Rogerson
December 8, 2015
 
Numerex has announced that it will continue to support IoT customers with 2G network connectivity until 2020 via the T-Mobile US network. Since so many IoT devices are still operating on 2G networks, this decision offers current 2G customers longevity of their existing deployed assets, while still giving them time to plan for LTE migration in the future.
 
Viewed as a potential device saving plan, this extension provides a pathway to upgrade to LTE directly from 2G, bypassing 3G altogether and possibly saving millions of IoT devices from going dark as a result of 2G turndowns on other networks.
 
"Providing an extended 2G timeline removes a step in the process by giving customers the opportunity to move right to LTE, bypassing a 3G upgrade altogether," said Marc Zionts, CEO of Atlanta, Georgia, based Numerex. "In addition, T-Mobile's 2G extension through 2020, with a glide-path to LTE, could help IoT enterprises realise huge savings in several ways – by allowing them to maintain their 2G devices, prevent device write offs and write downs, and avoid costly truck rolls to pull 2G devices from the field. There are still many thousands of IoT deployments across the country that rely on 2G network service who have not yet finalised their business plans for the eventual turndown, so extending the timeframe to do that is just what this segment of the market needs."
 
The 2G to LTE pathway is supported by Numerex's NxFast IoT horizontal platform. NxFast enables timely development and deployment of complete services including, in this case, 2G and LTE-enabled devices and applications that are tailor made for T-Mobile's network. Numerex, as a single source provider of IoT managed products, says it has the skill, experience and expertise to help customers throughout all phases of the IoT lifecycle.
 
"Extending our 2G network through 2020 gives our IoT customers choice – a key tenant of the un-carrier revolution," said Doug Chartier, senior vice president at T-Mobile. “We are excited to provide our customers with a mobile network platform which supports a longer-term transition from 2G to LTE, helping future-proof tomorrow's IoT. Addressing this customer pain point and working with our M2M resellers to deliver a plan towards LTE helps solve a critical problem for the entire M2M and IoT ecosystem."