M2M One – October 2018 Newsletter

M2M One Newsletter – October 2018

Welcome to M2M One’s October 2018 Newsletter,

Well it’s that time of year has again, a few weeks ago Telstra held its annual Vantage conference and as always it was a very impressive spectacle. There were a lot of very impressive demonstrations this year including a working 5G Hot-spot with constant download speeds over 3000Mbps.

Telstra had its drones on display demonstrating their ability to provide 4G Hot-spots and cellular reception during emergencies, even using cameras to help law enforcement in such times.

M2M One obviously has a focus on the M2M (Machine to Machine) and IoT (Internet of things) industries and hence it is no surprise that one of the most interesting announcement to me was the official launch of Telstra’s NB-IoT (NB-1) network.

Telstra have now launched their NB-IoT network on the Band 28 (700MHz) frequency.  There is also a new mapping tool (available at https://www.telstra.com.au/business-enterprise/solutions/internet-of-things/iot-coverage) that shows the current coverage.

Telstra NB-IoT has some very interesting use cases – and will be able to deliver low powered, message style communications. Opening up many new possibilities for battery powered devices, from simple once a day tracking (containers etc) to access controls and data logging all for a very low price.

We’re working closely with Telstra on finalising pricing for NB-IoT as well as M2M One Control centre integration which we expect to be able to release this side of Christmas.

If you are interested in finding our more as this is released please let your account manager know and we will add you to the initial contact list.

Gideon Borden
Sales Manager | M2M One
  • Telstra 2100Mhz 3G Shutdown Notice

Telstra has begun to re-farm their 3G 2100MHz Frequency. Current plans are to have the full shutdown completed by March 2019.

What this means is that any devices that are operating exclusively on the 3G 2100MHz frequency will lose connectivity once the towers in their area are switched off.

Why the SHUT DOWN of 2100MHz?

With much of the consumer and business market moving their cellular devices to the LTE (4G & 4GX), only a minuscule proportion of Telstra’s mobile traffic currently operate on the 3G 2100MHz frequency. This frequency is being re-purposed or “re-farmed” to be used by the 4GX network. By doing this Telstra can shift their cellular capacity to where there is stronger customer demand.

What can you do now?

The first step is check if your devices can utilise the 3G 850MHz Band. Often devices enabled for 3G are “Dual-band” which means they can use either 850MHz or 2100MHz. Sometimes devices are ‘pointed’ towards 2100MHz and simply need re-programming for 850MHz operation.

If your devices operate on 3G 850MHz (or are LTE / 4G) then there is nothing to do.

If your device is not capable of using the 3G 850Hz Frequency, you will need to speak to your hardware supplier in order to upgrade your device for 3G 850MHz or preferably for LTE (4G/4GX). In this case M2M One advises devices enabled for 700MHz (Band 28) & 1800MHz (Band 3).

If you require advice for hardware options, you are welcome to contact Tony Chen from M2M Connectivity (our sister hardware company) on sales@m2mconnectivity.com.au for any inquiries.

If you would like to discuss further please get in touch with your M2M One account manager.

  • M2M One Event Report – All Energy 2018

M2M One were again excited to be a part of the 10th Annual All Energy and Waste Expo in Melbourne this October.  As always there was a heavy focus on Clean and Renewable Energy with a huge array of International manufacturers of solar powers panels and inverters; However, it was truly great to see a large number of local Australian companies and installers presenting their wares, many of them already partnering with M2M One for their SIM Connectivity needs.

A recurring conversation we had at the show was from customers having issues with independent remote access to their inverters/solar panels; This is a common issue we see in the market.  The native connectivity these devices generally come with from the manufacturers is WiFi and the installers are expected to connect the inverter to the customers local WiFi.

The problem: 
Have you ever had an issue connecting to a local WiFi network?  Add to that the complications that you have no control over said network.  If the network goes down, or the password is changed etc then you have no way to contact your device and get the data out.  In a business where this data is what you are selling it becomes a huge problem!

This problem is not exclusive to the Energy industry – This is true of all devices deployed in the market that are connected to a network which you have no control over.

The Solution:
Luckily there is a fairly simple solution.  A cellular router (a selection are available from our sister company www.m2mconnectivity.com.au) and an M2M One SIM card.
M2M One offer a number of plans that can help you maintain independent control of your devices in the field – If you would like to have a conversation about this please reach out and we will be happy to help.

Next year the show will be expanding to include a new section for energy efficiency – M2M One will again be exhibiting at this show in October 2019 – we hope to see you there!

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M2M One are excited to be exhibiting our range of SIM Cards and Data plans for M2M & IoT solutions at Comms Connect Melbourne 2018.

The number one event for critical communications users and industry in the region

With a keen eye on trends, hot topics and the latest technology solutions in the critical communications sector, Comms Connect is the key source for vital information and networking opportunities. Whether you’re in the resource sector or public safety, transport or utilities, security or consulting, the conference and exhibition delivers countless opportunities to seek out new technology, share ideas and make new contacts.

Event Dates: 20-22 November 2018
Location: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
M2M One Stand: 66
Register here: http://melbourne.comms-connect.com.au/registration/

M2M One staff will be hand throughout the event to talk about how M2M/IoT solutions are utilizing national cellular networks to deliver results today and how the industry is adopting new technologies (Cat-M1, NB-IoT & 5G) to future proof IoT solutions.

Each month we bring you tips and tricks for getting the most value out of the M2M Control Centre.

How to create an automation rule to manage excess usage on a SIMThis month we look at using the powerful Automation Rules in CISCO Jasper to suspend a SIM card using excessive data with the option to reactivate the SIM if needed, instead of needing to contact M2M One Support.

When you log into the control centre select Automation from the home page

From the automation rules screen click on + Create New button to create a new automation rule

From here select Usage Monitoring as the rule category then select Cycle to Date Data Usage to create a new rule that will be triggered on data usage in a billing month. The example below shows you the correct set-up for triggering a rule to Deactivate a SIM that has used over 1MB of data in a billing month. With this rule when a SIM gets deactivated, if you need to use it again in the month you can simply change the SIM status in the control centre back to Activated to use it again – No need to get M2M One to unblock it.

For a complete list of automation rules available download our guide here: https://www.m2mone.com.au/m2m-downloads/manuals/M2M-One-Control-Centre-Automation-Rules.pdf

Have more questions about the M2M Control Centre or want some training?
Contact your M2M One account manager

M2M One – June 2018 Newsletter

M2M One Newsletter – June 2018

Welcome to M2M One’s June Newsletter,

This month M2M One are proud to have once again been nominated to represent Victorian ICT companies in the annual Victorian Government trade mission to CommunicAsia in Singapore. We’re excited to join the mission and connect with IoT thought leaders in SE Asia and see what new developments are coming from the region.

In the newsletter this month we have an update on Telstra’s plans around 3G longevity in Australia as well as impact on the 2100Mhz frequency.

We’ve now also finished the work to phase out our old CAP data plans, from 1st of June M2M One will only offer Group Data plans to customers and will help configure automation rules to make sure excess is managed.

  • Telstra 3G Sunset update & 2100Mhz Frequency

When Telstra completed their 2G shutdown on December 1st 2016 we advised customers that for longevity of 3G all devices must support 850Mhz 3G as a minimum (See our original letter here) This is because the 2100Mhz frequency operated by Telstra was only ever designed to support additional capacity in populated areas and never as a primary frequency for deployment.

Telstra have now confirmed that as part of their tuning activities in preparation for the larger 3G shutdown they are reducing capacity on the 2100Mhz across the country – Any customers using M2M One services in a 2100Mhz only device are advised to upgrade to a 850Mhz 3G or 4G/LTE compatible device as soon as possible to avoid disruption.

Telstra’s official statement on 2100Mhz is below:

“Since the launch of Next G ® network in 2006 any 3G2100MHz cells we have deployed were for capacity only (not coverage) and with the dissolution of the 3GIS partnership in 2012 any 3G 2100MHz cells were generally only retained where there was a pressing need for additional 3G capacity on top of the 3G coverage layer using 850MHz. From that time forward there has been little contiguous 3G2100 coverage. The closure of 2G in 2016 would have left any residual 2100-only devices with very fragmentary coverage. What remains is now is being gradually decommissioned so the spectrum can be re-farmed to 4G technology.”

Longer term with 850Mhz 3G, Telstra’s statement remains:

“Telstra intends that the 3G network will remain in service until at least 2020. Closure activities may commence from 2020 although initially this is more likely to be simple re-purposing of part of the 3G spectrum (as 3G capacity becomes freed from migration to 4G) with no material impacts on our 3G customer base. Full or partial geographic closure may occur any time after 2020, but would be unlikely before 2022. In any case we will provide a reasonable notice period of any shutdown activities that would impact end customers. Full closure is most certainly expected well before 2030. So somewhere between 2020 and 2030 the 3G network will be shut down but precisely when has not yet been decided”

  • New M2M One Pricing and removal of CAP Data Plans

As advised in our previous newsletter M2M One have now phased out CAP Data Plans from our service offering. M2M One has never been happy with the way the hard cap worked, and the issues it caused with customers end devices – We’ve been working on alternative methods of providing the reliability and excess management of the CAP plans while adding more flexibility back in the customers hands.

We’re now pleased to offer customers a complete managed service for excess usage management. Our Melbourne account team are now viewing customers accounts in real time and as soon as we see you breaching your data pool you’ll recieve a call or email immiediately with clear action steps to reduce any excess costs.

For customers who still want to limit the ammount of data each SIM card can use, we can assist you with setting up automation rules on the CISCO Jasper control centre – To get help or training on the platform please contact your account manager.

M2M One are once again excited and proud to be part of the Victorian Pavillion at CommunicAsia 2018 in Singapore.

Inspired by the radical changes in the ICT industry, the refreshed CommunicAsia continues to be Asia’s most established and relevant event for industry professionals in the telecommunications sector. It brings together thought-leaders, decision makers, influencers throughout the ecosystem to network, explore new technologies, share ideas and create valuable opportunities for all.

CommunicAsia
26 – 28 June 2018

(Tuesday – Thursday)
Marina Bay Sands Expo
Singapore
Visitors can register for the entire ConnecTech Asia event (Including CommunicAsia) by using the following link: https://www.connectechasia.com/exhibit-attend/visitor-registration/
M2M One can be found at the Victorian Pavilion at 5F4-01 in Hall 5 (Top Floor) of the Marina Bay Sands

Each month we bring you tips and tricks for getting the most value out of the M2M Control Centre.

How to create an automation rule to manage excess usage on a SIM

This month we look at using the powerful Automation Rules in CISCO Jasper to replicate the CAP function of our old plans but giving you the control to reactivate the SIM if needed, instead of needing to contact M2M One Support.

When you log into the control centre select Automation from the home page

From the automation rules screen click on + Create New button to create a new automation rule

From here select Usage Monitoring as the rule category then select Cycle to Date Data Usage to create a new rule that will be triggered on data usage in a billing month. The example below shows you the correct set-up for triggering a rule to Deactivate a SIM that has used over 1MB of data in a billing month. With this rule when a SIM gets deactivated, if you need to use it again in the month you can simply change the SIM status in the control centre back to Activated to use it again – No need to get M2M One to unblock it.

Have more questions about the M2M Control Centre or want some training?
Contact your M2M One account manager

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