The Japanese carrier KDDI picks up Qualcomm's latest LTE IoT modem
Qualcomm's 9205 modem is a component that allows internet-of-things (IoT) devices to use data at 4G/LTE speeds. However, that is not its only advantage: it also takes up half the space on a PCB while using up to 70% less power. Therefore, its manufacturer appears confident that it has a role in the future of this platform.
So far, Qualcomm may be right about this, especially as the 9205 has just gone international. The Japanese carrier KDDI has just approved the incorporation of this modem in its LTE-M network. Those bands serve IoT systems; therefore, the chip-maker believes that it can help "set the stage" for the relevant market in this country.
KDDI has joined AT&T on the list of carriers with IoT bands compatible with Qualcomm's new modem. These companies are now nearly 30 in number, indicating the increasing adoption of these systems worldwide. However, the role of LTE in this area of technology may also be overtaken by 5G in the near future.