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T-Mobile breaks into smarthome space with Nest

08 NOV 2017

T-Mobile is pushing into the connected home space as exclusive cellular provider for Nest’s home security system.

Starting 10 November, customers will be able to pick up a $240 Nest security pack from T-Mobile at an additional $10 per month. The pack includes a Nest Secure alarm system, a keypad, two key fobs, two motion sensors, an indoor security camera system with intelligent alerts and cellular backup service.

T-Mobile indicated it is the first operator to offer financing for Nest connected home devices. But even if customers pick up the security system elsewhere, T-Mobile noted Nest will still work on its network thanks to a built in Cat-1 LTE module. Both Verizon and AT&T offer Nest devices as part of their product lineups.

Unlike Nest support from other US operators, T-Mobile claims that homes will be protected even if the power is out or Wi-Fi is down thanks to built-in battery backup and T-Mobile cellular backup.

Making moves
T-Mobile’s push into the connected home space comes as the operator ramps up its efforts in the wider Internet of Things market.

In November 2016, T-Mobile launched its first connected car solution, dubbed SyncUp Drive, as a competitor to similar products in the market, like Verizon’s hum offering.

At the inaugural Mobile World Congress Americas event in September, T-Mobile expanded SyncUp to include fleet management capabilities and announced plans to launch a Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) low power network in 2018. At the time, T-Mobile’s SVP of MVNO, IoT and M2M Doug Chartier told Mobile World Live the operator is looking to target low data throughput use cases with its NB-IoT rollout, including applications like utility and parking metres, water metering and monitoring, asset tracking and smart home devices, among other things.

Verizon, which has already launched a low power LTE-M network, has also revealed plans to move ahead with NB-IoT deployments. AT&T and Sprint, however, have chosen to focus on LTE-M for the time being.

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Diana Goovaerts

Diana is Mobile World Live's US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only...

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