Why LTE 450 is the enabler of critical long-range communications

(Sponsored Feature) LTE 450 connections utilize the 450MHz cellular band to provide robust, long- range connectivity with increased coverage and deeper signal penetration. The bands around 450MHz are well-suited to the demands of IoT devices and for critical applications ranging from smart grid and smart meter services to public safety applications. The 450MHz band is able to support CAT-M and narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) technologies and the physics of the band are ideal for large area coverage, which has enabled cellular providers to offer blanket coverage cost effectively.

Comprehensive coverage demands lower power consumption by IoT devices so they remain connected and the deeper penetration LTE 450MHz means devices can easily connect to a network without energy draining repeated attempts. With national networks already rolled out in some countries, the arrival of CAT-M and NB-IoT have reinvigorated uptake and usage of the 450MHz band.

LTE 450 is sometimes also known as Band 31, and describes networks using a 450MHz frequency and has become the band of choice for a number of operators in Western Europe and the US, with the Mobility Development Group reporting it is used by 115 operators in 60 countries across the world. There are a number of mobile devices which are purpose built to support companies in using the LTE 450 network and this vendor list is growing as the opportunities of CAT-M and NB-IoT become clearer.

To learn how LTE 450 is enabling a new wave of IoT devices and use cases, read the Quectel whitepaper: Why LTE 450 is the enabler of critical, long-range communications. 

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