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ADTRAN Planning First Concerted Push into IoT: Page 2 of 2

The networking and communications vendor has LoRaWAN gateways coming in connection with a longer-term bid to deliver complete smart building, smart city, and other IoT solutions in partnership with device makers and software developers. By Rich Freeman

ADTRAN’s MetNet 60GHz high-powered version 2 CPE, a fixed wireless access device officially unveiled today, can similarly provide backhaul connectivity to the company’s gateways. The new units are useful as well with video surveillance deployments and other bandwidth-intensive solutions located beyond the reach of fiber connections, according to Robert Conger, ADTRAN’s senior vice president of technology and strategy.

“Think about it as an alternative to fiber,” he says. “You want to connect wirelessly, but you need higher speed links than what you may get with Wi-Fi.”

2020 has been a year of accelerated change for networking vendors and service providers, Conger notes, thanks to the abrupt switch to remote work arrangements made necessary by the spread of COVID-19.

“The importance of broadband to the home has only increased dramatically,” he says, adding that demand for reliable, high-speed home internet service will continue to fuel opportunities for providers of communication services to home-based employees.

“The number working remotely will certainly stay at an elevated level into the future.”

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