As networks expand LTE coverage and close down 2G systems, a lot of service providers will have to overhaul their businesses

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Companies relying on M2M communications will face tough choices by the end of the decade. Most wireless modules that provide security surveillance, industrial automation, environmental monitoring, energy management, pet tracking and whole slate of other applications will become obsolete as 2G networks, which date back to the late-1990s, are shut down around the world. Modules in devices embedded in buildings and machinery, as well as those in mobile devices, will have to be switched out. “It’s absolutely a painful, painful process,” says Kieran McNamara, manager of technical sales for global M2M & Internet of Things partnerships at Rogers.

Still, companies that play their cards right can leverage the newer networks for better applications and more efficient communications. The question is when and how to make the move.

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