Today, device manufacturers developing IoT solutions face the choice of designing upon a variety of wireless technologies. However, it appears, just after the recent 2G sunset, that the 3G sunset in the US may not be too far behind.
Carriers have differed in their approach to the transition from 3G to various flavors of LTE, but this year AT&T and Verizon have been leading the charge with definitive moves to force module and device manufacturers to also make the switch to LTE. As of June 2017, new 3G devices have not been permitted to enter the AT&T certification lab.
This means that device manufacturers developing new devices for many American carriers are already being pushed to uniquely support frequencies for LTE operation.
For device manufacturers with existing devices, the impacts of these moves are less immediate but still very relevant. Verizon has announced that it will cease to support 3G devices on its network by the end of 2019, roughly two years away. Additionally, earlier this year T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray expressed his desire to sunset T-Mobile’s 3G network in 2019 as well. One could infer, although unconfirmed, that AT&T may not be too far behind the actions of those carriers.
Needless to say, the time to begin converting to LTE is now.
Fortunately, Taoglas has all the tools to help solution providers make the switch, whether they are developing new products or converting existing products from sunsetting technologies. Offering a full range of cellular antennas that support the spectrum of LTE frequencies, along with world-class sales and engineering teams, Taoglas will ensure that each partner has all of the tools and expertise needed to maintain optimal connectivity.