In this article KORE Telematics discusses the options put forth by experts and thought leaders in the M2M industry regarding the best way to use the valuable, expensive-to-procure, and highly regulated radio spectrum available for M2M connectivity. With AT&T putting an end to its 2G network in 2017, questions about the best options to optimize valuable spectrum for M2M and whether M2M needs its own network have risen. Reliable, secure, and high-speed/high-performance M2M connectivity requires a high quality of service and specific network optimization, so finding answers to these questions is extremely important.
The following four options are presented in this article with the goal being to list the available options and seek new ones, not to argue which option is better. It is noted that all these options have pros and cons that individuals have to weight and decide for themselves. Here is an overview of the four options: