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Puloli claims world-first Cat-NB private network

San Francisco’s Puloli claims to have launched the world’s first private LTE Cat-NB network, in a 700MHz band deployment in Florida that is aimed at utilities and infrastructure providers. Aiming to provide a Network-aaS model, Puloli is now pitching the Cat-NB directly at the unlicensed LPWAN camp, using just a 2MHz spectrum allocation. The network went live in June, and is notably not using the conventional guard-band model for deployment, where MNOs put their Cat-NB signals in the guard-band gaps between their other LTE bands, so as not to have to reduce full-fat LTE coverage. Instead, Puloli has an FCC license to use part of the Upper 700MHz A Block, specifically, a 2MHz paired slice split between the downlink and…

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