Heavy-equipment manufacturer Deere, six months after RFP to satellite IoT providers, assesses bids for 1.5 million machines

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON— It has been six months since Deere & Co. issued its RFP to industry to equip a portion of Deere’s 1.5 million vehicles with satcom connectivity for its farm, forestry and construction customers in the United States and Brazil.

Of this number, 500,000 Deere customers already are connected, almost all of them with cellular.

The bid’s specifications included download and upload speeds of several megabits per second for the high-end machinery. Bidders were asked to have their networks ready for testing . . .

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