Sierra Wireless announces release of CAT1 devices

Sierra Wireless has today announced the release of LTE CAT1 devices based on the AirPrime HL Series.
The HL Series uses the CF3™ form factor from Sierra Wireless that is footprint-compatible across product lines and network technologies, and is fully interchangeable with future versions of the modules, including LTE-M variants when they become available. 
“Today, we are seeing strong interest in our LTE Cat-1 embedded modules optimized for lower bandwidth and power requirements,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President, OEM Solutions for Sierra Wireless. 
“The HL Series Cat-1 module provides the next step in the evolution for our customers, as service providers are continuing to transition their networks to LTE technology.” 
LTE-M is a Low-Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology that will provide a highly efficient cellular option with lower radio-frequency complexity, significantly reduced power consumption (up to 10 years of service on a single AA battery), better in-building signal penetration, and lower costs. 
Sierra Wireless is an active contributor to the LTE-M standard definition process within the 3GPP and has committed to launching compatible modules timed with network deployments, expected to begin in 2017. 
The LTE Cat-1 modules from Sierra Wireless will be commercially available in January 2016 on the HL Series. The HL7690 and the HL7692 are intended for the European market.
For more information on the HL Series, click here.