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Ericsson and Telstra claim 94km LTE Cat-NB range to chase Huawei

Ericsson seems to have caught up with Huawei’s claimed LTE Cat-NB performance, announcing a 94km connection in Australia on Telstra’s network, improving from 40km. It wasn’t long ago that Huawei announced a 2x increase in the coverage of its own Cat-NB cell sites, and so this looks like Ericsson leap-frogging its rival – although we have yet to confirm that either way. However, the Telstra-Ericsson announcement stresses the advantage that this gives for rural deployments, which again brings up our main gripe with this idea that L-LPWAN is a good candidate for such applications. If there is already an LTE network in place, then sure, this works. However, most people will be painfully familiar with the state of rural LTE…

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