2G to LTE refarming is progressing at different rates around the world and enterprises will need to understand MNO timetables

20 May 2015
Report type: Research Note
Author(s): Alex Chau - Research Director, Head of Asia, Andy Castonguay, Jeremy Green - Principal Analyst
Keywords: IoT, internet of things, internet, things, M2M, machine-to-machine, module, device, chip, 2G, 3G, 4G, GSM, CDMA, LTE
Number of Pages: 9

In recent decades, the vast majority of WWAN M2M deployments utilized 2G technologies as these networks (GSM and CDMA 1xRTT) offered the best combination of geographic coverage, data speeds and low cost modules. However, mobile network operators (MNOs) are accelerating their investment in LTE in many countries around the world, often at the expense of 2G networks. The push by MNOs to expand capacity and coverage is driven by the need to meet the growing demand for mobile data services and to achieve maximum network efficiencies over available spectrum. While this effort is primarily focused on improving consumer and enterprise mobility services, the strategy is leading to the gradual reduction in 2G and 3G capacity and coverage, if not a full decommissioning of 2G networks. This Research Note assesses the status and expected schedule of mobile network technology migrations in global regional markets and their potential impact on M2M services.

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