What AT&T T-Mobile deal means for alarm industry

Move could create more robust, resilient network, allow greater opportunity for use of cellular-based alarm communicators


Consumer speculation of the deal has been around the fact that T-Mobile's data plans have typically been less expensive than AT&T's data plans, but consumer data plans that accommodate gigabytes of monthly data are far different than an alarm panel communication, which could be just 15 or 20 bytes of data, according to DMP's Hillenburg.

Although both Welsh and Hillenburg speculated that the merger could speed adoption of 3G and 4G technologies, Hillenburg said it's not likely that the pace of technology change would be so fast that the stable 2G technology environment used today by our industry would be dropped. Hillenburg said that there is still a huge possibility of growth for M2M communications and remote connectivity at machines/electronic devices like alarm system panels. He noted that it is quite likely that a company like AT&T would continue to support that 2G/GSM standard so as to continue to tap an emerging marketing for affordable M2M communications.