Will the Asset Tracker Kit V2 (with Electron 3G) work in an LTE network in my area? Or do I have to get Boron LTE and a separate GPS breakout board?
I read somewhere in the forum that Boron LTE refers to NB-IoT (NarrowBand IoT) and Cat-M1 specifically and not the typical LTE that we use in our mobile. What will happen if I try to use a Electron 3G in a LTE network?Likewise, will Boron LTE work in the LTE network (in Kamloops area in British Columbia, Canada).
Kenneth is correct that LTE is a special kind, which is CAT-M1. That I am aware, Canada has not rolled out commercial CAT-M1 LTE in Canada just yet.
Since the Boron uses CAT-M1, it is not presently compatible with any LTE in Canada, you won’t be able to use it in Canada just yet.
3G technology is fundamentally different compared to LTE (both regular LTE and CAT-M1), so the 3G Electron will not be able to use either. As such, you cannot reliably use LTE maps to have an expectation of coverage.
With that said, Kenneth is also correct that likely any place that has 4G coverage will have 3G. This is not a guarantee, but it is typically reasonable to assume this.
Just spoke with Telus and they say it is LTE but was not able to get specific about CAT-M1 and NB-IoT support. Roger and Bell calims they have LTE in Kamloop as well and they too can’t give me specific about NB-IoT and CAT-M1. I don’t think they understood what I was talking about.
It isn’t necessarily understood by everyone I’ve come to find. I find the naming convention of “LTE” for CAT-M1 and NBIoT to be a misnomer. 3G to 4G has reasonable distinction of lack of compatibility, but CAT-M1 LTE, NBIoT LTE, and (4G) LTE all seem to suggest they should be interchangeable–but they are not.
Based on the Telus webpages it does support CAT-M1. But does not say anything about NB IoT. Does that mean that Boron LTE board will still work?
I am wondering if I were to get 3G Electron and use it in Kamloop area (with LTE), will it still work. I have used my cell phone in rural areas in Canada and the connection on my phone was automatically “downgraded” say to 3G. I am wondering if 3G Electron will work the same way as my cellphone.
@n1849778, Boron LTE uses CAT-M1, not NBIoT due to the message size limitations of the latter. My suspicion is that the North American market will be primarily focused on CAT-M1. Perhaps this is the same reason we are not seeing a lot of activity in the LoRa space.
You cannot use 3G with LTE whatsoever. What was mentioned earlier in the thread is that usually where there is LTE there is also 3G service (for now). A 3G modem will not work with LTE and an LTE modem will not work with 3G. Phone modems are different in that they support “pure” LTE and other bands. Data modems, such as those used in IoT devices, do not use the same modems.
Just spoke with Telus Business IoT and they had mentioned that if I have a 3G hardware being used in area where there is LTE service, it will still work but my network service will be 3G not LTE. Which is ok if it works,