M2M One Newsletter – November 2019
Welcome to M2M One’s November 2019 Newsletter,
This month, we start our ongoing series on preparing for the Telstra 3G Shutdown – to find out more, see our feature below.
We also have a wrap up on the trade shows participated in recently, as well as some information on the delayed Jasper Migration and Christmas Embargo period.
General Manager – Sales & Operations | M2M One
- Telstra 3G/NextG Shutdown
Last month, Telstra announced it will officially shut down its 3G (850Mhz) network in June 2024 (https://www.m2mone.com.au/telstra-3g-nextg-850mhz-network-shutdown/).
As we head towards the shutdown, we remain available to help our customers prepare and migrate across to 4G and beyond.
If you have a 3G-only solution and are having trouble finding ready-to-go 4G hardware, please get in touch. We can assist with connecting you to a wide range of providers and solutions for applications such as:
· Tracking and telematics
· Environmental sensors and data loggers
· Remote control and PLC devices
· Standalone cellular modem
· Cellular Modules
And many more. Simply reach out to our team and we can point you in the right direction.
We will also be working with Telstra to provide our customers with lists of 3G-only devices on the network. Our aim is to pass this information through to you directly as we receive it to help you better plan for the transition.
- Telstra End of Year Restriction (Embargo)
We would like to inform all customers that Telstra will have its annual Embargo period on IPX changes – If you believe you will need any IPX services over the Christmas period, please make sure you let your account manager know ASAP.
Restriction Overview: no new IPX orders or change requests.
Start time: Monday 16th December 2019
End Time: Monday 13th January 2020
- M2M One Christmas Closure Dates
The M2M One Office will be closed from:
Tuesday 24th December 2019 (2:00pm) – Friday 3rd January 2020, reopening for normal business on Monday 6th January 2020.
Last date for shipment of sims:
SIM Card orders need to be in by 12:00pm (Melbourne Time) Thursday 19th December 2019 to guarantee delivery before Christmas.
There will be skeleton staff on call for emergency situations.
- Trade Show Wrap-Up
o IoT Impact
This was the second year of IoT impact, and it has greatly improved since the inaugural show. There was great representation across the M2M and IoT industries, including Agriculture, Water, Health, Smart Cities, Telematics, Energy Monitoring and more. A number of innovative start-ups were present, showcasing their applications and use cases.
What was interesting to see was the increase in the number of applications being built around the smart sensor and remote control industries. Enabling live data to be collected, analysed and reported on across many different applications allows for smarter real-time decision making.
o All Energy
The All Energy Conference and Exhibition (co-located with the Energy Efficiency and Waste Expo) continues to expand, now taking up an impressive 10 halls at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.
The M2M and IoT applications in these industries continues to expand from basic solar panel monitoring, inverter monitoring and smart metering. Today there are innovative solutions for monitoring generators and off-grid systems, wind farms, tracking of EV vehicles and monitoring of EV charging stations, battery storage monitoring, compacting bins and collection route generation. These were just some of the solutions that were available on show from a wide range of suppliers.
CeBit has gone through a dramatic change this year – moving away from the traditional expo style, and into a more modern “Technology Festival”. While the show was smaller than it has been in past years, the conversation were still very interesting and targeted to those wanting to work in the technology space.
The outdoor portion had some highly-engaging IoT applications on display, such as telematics of high-performance vehicles and race cars, and a course designed to test-ride Lime scooters. (A shared electric scooter system popular in the Brisbane area).
Inside the expo hall there were a number of exhibitors who work in the IoT space, while the presentations and subsequent discussions on the main stage were high-quality, covering a number of topics ranging from cyber security to AI to robotics (and of course IoT). Many main stage presenters touched on the topic of Smart Cities.
There was also a growing number of customers playing in the IIoT (Industrial IoT) space, which we expect we will see more of in years to come.
- Notification of upcoming planned service disruption to the M2M Control Centre
Last month we informed all our customers of an upcoming planned disruption to the M2M Control Centre: https://www.m2mone.com.au/m2m-one-october-2019-newsletter/. This potential disruption is to perform some necessary migration works to the Control Centre HLR. There have been some delays in this process and we expect this work to be carried out soon.
Once we have final confirmation on the dates of these necessary works we will update everyone via an email Notification.
If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with the support team.
It has been a busy year for M2M One, participating in more events than ever before. We enjoy exhibiting at these shows – which make it even easier to see many of our customers’ new offerings across a wide range of industries – and we look forward to continuing to do so next year.
The final expo we will be attending this year is the annual Comms Connect Tradeshow.
Comms Connect – Stand 132 – https://melbourne.comms-connect.com.au/
We are looking forward to returning to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre for Comms Connect, running from November 26th – 28th.
While this shows’ history is based in two-way radios, UHF and Tetra communications, they have been adding a significant focus on cellular communications with the ongoing improvements and penetration of PTToC (Push to Talk Over Cellular).
We will be on hand at Stand 132 to discuss and help customers roll out these technologies through our managed M2M / IoT SIM solutions. If you are in Melbourne please come by, say hi to the team and enter the draw to win a Google Home Hub!
Each month we bring you tips and tricks for getting the most value out of the M2M Control Centre.
This month – a reminder on the Test Ready Status. By default when M2M One ship SIM cards to you, they will be loaded automatically into your Control Centre in a state called Test Ready.
When a SIM is in this state it is live, and provisioned to use the Telstra mobile network. However the SIM doesn’t become billable until you use either:
- 20KBs of data
- 4 SMS or
- any amount of voice calling.
This means you can hold a large stock of SIMs and use them whenever you need them without needing to call, email or even press a button to get connected.
Contact your M2M One account manager