Understanding U.S. Network Operators’ Growth Strategies for IoT

Apr 06, 2017

U.S. tier-I network operators continue to invest in advanced networks, software platforms, and applications to differentiate in IoT. For example, Verizon recently announced the introduction of a nationwide LTE-M1 network in the United States. In 2016, AT&T announced that it will pilot the LTE-M network in the San Francisco market starting in November 2016 and will deploy the technology across its commercial LTE network. Other tier-I MNOs, including Sprint and T-Mobile are in various stage of implementing licensed low power wide area network strategies as well.

On the platform front, AT&T and Verizon have offered comprehensive IoT asset lifecycle management solutions for some time now. Sprint and T-Mobile have ramped up their IoT platform offerings as well and are expected to offer application development solutions to IoT developers. Overall, the U.S. mobile operators’ IoT strategies can be summarized as follows:


Source: Frost & Sullivan


To learn more about each tier-I operator’s IoT offerings, strategies, and roadmap in IoT, please read the Frost & Sullivan market insight “US Tier I Carrier Profiles—Identifying the Growth Opportunities in IoT”.





Vikrant Gandhi


Fourteen years of product marketing, research, and consulting expertise, which includes supporting clients’ needs through more than 140 syndicated market research deliverables and consulting assignments. Particular expertise in Assessing next-generation telecommunications trends, technologies and market dynamics; Helping clients develop and execute their go-to-market strategies; Providing continuous inputs to clients into new market developments and helping them understand the strategic implications.

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