Get ready for changes to your cellular data service
What you need to know.
Verizon Wireless recently announced their transition to 4G LTE technology for all IoT (internet of things) devices communicating on their wireless network. In a customer letter dated June 1, 2017 Verizon wrote:
“To foster a clear transition path, we previously announced that the Verizon CDMA network (1x/EVDO, 2G,3G) will remain available for our customers through December 31, 2019. Further at the beginning of this year , we began requiring 4G LTE capability in all new devices submitted for certification of use on the Verizon network. Finally, we are announcing that after June 30, 2018, we will no longer activate on our network devices that are not 4G LTE capable”
It has also been reported that AT&T will standardize on LTE for IoT wireless communications.
Who is affected?
For most water and wastewater utility operators this may impact the communications infrastructure used to support remote sites that do not use radio or landline communications.
The devices affected are typically data modems. A commonly used 3G modem is the Sierra Wireless LS300 like the one pictured belo.
What needs to be done?
Verizon Wireless has provides a reasonable schedule for their transition and no immediate action is required. However, these older 3G devices will have to be replaced prior to the 2019 deadline. So, check your remote sites for cellular modems. Record the make and model number and “google” it or call us to determine 4G LTE capability.
How is Instrulogic responding?
We are already supplying 4G LTE capable modems for all new installations and no longer supply devices that are not 4G LTE capable. We also have experts available to help plan and implement your migration from 3G devices to 4G LTE.