About 9 billion “things”—from connected cars and traffic lights to asset trackers on ships, utility meters and household appliances—are now connected through the Internet of Things.

And the total is expected to rise to between 20 billion and 50 billion by 20201.

But how will all these “things” get connected?

We’re giving the green light to a new set of modules to operate on the AT&T 4G LTE network. The tiny components will help businesses speed deployment of IoT devices. They'll help businesses lower costs, extend battery life and increase reliability for their IoT devices.

Soon, they’ll be able to operate in hard-to reach places that current technology can’t reach. Think security/alarm panels in basements and electric and water meters buried underground.

All of this will make the Internet of Things more of a reality for our daily lives.

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1Frost and Sullivan, The Internet of Things (IoT): How Real Is It Today? Dec. 2015.