Connected cars are a ‘key component’ of AT&T’s IoT strategy

AT&T has 32 million connected cars operating on its network, as well as 5 million fleet vehicles. At this week’s Washington Auto Show, Jeff Stewart, AVP for global public policy at AT&T Services, called connected vehicles “a key growth area” for the carrier, which he said has been adding vehicle connections at a rate around 1.5 million in recent quarters…

He said that AT&T and the other national operators have been deploying “many thousands of scores” of small cells to support LTE and future 5G networks, and that as the transportation industry looks at the logistics of deploying roadside units on a regional or national scale for vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, it may be possible to combine small cells with those roadside units to share the cost and reduce duplicative infrastructure, and reduce the complexity of rights-of-way access to speed deployment.