Sprint Is Building a Dedicated IoT Core Network

| June 18, 2018

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Sprint is taking a dramatically different approach to building an IoT network. The operator, which is in the midst of overhauling its cellular network in preparation for 5G, will also deploy a nationwide LTE-M network for IoT. But what’s different about Sprint’s LTE-M network is that it will use a virtualized IoT core that is separate from the operator’s existing cellular core. The operator plans to have its LTE-M network with the virtualized core ready for commercial launch in the fourth quarter. Sprint needs a bold IoT strategy. The company’s existing IoT business has been languishing because customers are primarily using its 3G CDMA network. And CDMA modules in Sprint’s 1900 MHz and 800 MHz spectrum bands are lacking.

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