M2M One – May 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to M2M One’s May Newsletter – M2M One are proud to once again be participating in the Victorian Government’s trade mission to Singapore, our goal is to help businesses outside of Australia get quick, simple access to SIMs and connectivity without any commercial restrictions or limitations on Australia’s largest mobile network.

We’re now starting to get some insights from chipset manufacturers and networks around what the future holds for LTE networks, particularly as it pertains to Narrowband (NB-IoT). Keep an eye on our website for some blogs and thought pieces on how to best take advantage of these new developments in the coming months.

This month we invite to join us at CommunicAsia in Singapore, introduce you to our partners M2M One New Zealand, highlight our participation in the recent CeBIT expo in Sydney, and explore a new global roaming SIM in the Product Spotlight. In addition, as always, we remind customers that Telstra will be shutting down their 2G network on 1st of December 2016.

This month’s newsletter features:

  1. Trade Event – CommunicAsia 2016
  2. M2M Control Centre – Billable States
  3. Highlights – CeBIT Australia 2016
  4. Product Spotlight – M2M One Global Roaming SIM
  5. Customer Reminder – Telstra 2G (GSM) 900MHz Shutdown

1. Trade Event  CommunicAsia 2016

M2M One CommunicAsia 2016

 

M2M One is excited to be exhibiting our range of M2M SIM Cards, Data Plans & Networking
services at the Victorian Government Pavilion stand, booth no. BN2-01 at CommunicAsia in Singapore this year. 

CommunicAsia is Asia’s largest integrated ICT event, offering solutions across Big Data Analytics, Cloud, e-Government & e-Services, M2M, Security, Smartcard/RFID, Wearables, and many more.

Held concurrently with Enterprise IT 2016 and Broadcast Asia 2016, and incorporating SatComm 2016, CommunicAsia maintains its standing as THE one-stop venue for ICT professionals to:

  • Chart future directions of the Information Technology sector
  • Address critical industry-related issues within Asia Pacific markets
  • Develop strategic partnerships among key players in the ICT ecosystem
  • Source for the latest industry-targeted technologies and innovations to adapt and respond to challenges and opportunities
If you’d like to arrange a meeting with any of the M2M One staff at CommunicAsia, please reply to this email with a suggested time and date.

2. M2M Control Centre – Billable States

M2M One has a number of SIM states available to customers in the M2M Control Centre, but are you clear on which states will generate a charge?

Billable States

  • Activated – Any SIM in ‘Activated’ state at the end of the calendar month will generate a charge regardless of if it has used data or not – If you have a SIM that has not used any data you will need to move the SIM to a non-billable state before the end of the month to avoid paying the monthly service fee.

Non-Billable States

  • Test Ready – All M2M One SIMs are shipped in Test Ready state. This state does not generate a monthly charge but is provisioned and ready to be used at any time. When a SIM uses over 20KB of data or sends 4 SMS messages the SIM will automatically move to ‘Activated State’ and become billable. Note: Once a SIM has left Test Ready it can never return to this state. 
  • Activation Ready – ‘Activation Ready’ is exactly the same as ‘Test Ready’ but without the data/sms allowance. Any data, SMS or voice usage will instantly send a SIM into a billable ‘Activated’ state.
  • Inventory, Deactivated, Retired – These three states function in exactly the same way, but have different ‘vanity’ labels to better manage SIM stock. Any SIM moved into one of these three states will not generate a monthly fee and the SIM will cease to function immediately. To start using the SIM again you will need to manually move the SIM from one of these states to either ‘Activated’ or ‘Activation Ready’ – Customers tend to use Inventory to mark unused stock, Deactivated to mark temporarily suspended SIMs and Retired to mark SIMs that have been lost, stolen or otherwise unusable.

We hope these definitions make it clearer for all customers using the M2M Control Centre and helps manage cost and stock more efficiently.

Important – SIMs that have used data within the billing month will be charged their full rate plan for the month regardless of SIM state.

For more information on the M2M Control Centre email support@m2mone.com.au

3. Highlights – CeBIT Australia 2016

M2M One had a great time participating in CeBIT Australia this year – a worldwide event recognised as the place to be for tech innovation. CeBIT took place at the Sydney Olympic Park Showgrounds on 2-4 May.
As well as exhibiting – M2M One, in conjunction with Ken Hosac from US hardware supplier Cradlepoint, participated in the Internet of Things Conference. On Wednesday 4th May in the Dome Theatre, Ken spoke on ‘Reinventing and Empowering Retail with the Internet of Things’.
M2M One were also invited to deliver a 25 minute seminar on ‘Developing a Cellular IoT/M2M Solution in Australia’ at the Showfloor B Theatre – You can view the slides from this presentation here.
Once again, we’d also like to extend a huge thank you all our customers who provided testimonials for our nomination to the CeBIT business awards this year. Due in no small part to your generous feedback, we were short-listed as a finalist for the CeBIT Business Award for Service Distinction.
You can view our photo gallery from the event on our blog and we look forward to seeing you all next year at CeBIT Australia 2017!

4. Product Spotlight – M2M One Global SIM

Need access to a single SIM for global M2M/IoT deployments?

M2M One realize the importance of simplifying a global M2M deployment with as few SIMs and providers as possible. That’s why M2M One have introduced the M2M One Global SIM, designed to provide access to over 500 carriers on a single SIM with pricing to benefit M2M/IoT solutions.
M2M One Global SIM Features:
  • Access to over 500 carriers in 170+ countries
  • Data pooling across multiple regions for simplified pricing
  • Flexible data rates from as low as 500KB ranging to 50MB per device in selected areas
  • Single APN for ease of deployment
  • No carrier steering, use the best carrier for your region
M2M One Global SIM coverage includes the following countries:
Albania | Anguilla | Antigua and Barbuda | Argentina | Armenia | Aruba | Austria | Azerbaijan | Bangladesh | Barbados | Belgium | Bermuda | Bolivia | Brazil | British Virgin Islands | Brunei Darussalam | Bulgaria | Canada | Cayman Islands | Chile | China | Colombia | Congo | Costa Rica | Croatia | Cyprus | Czech Republic | Denmark | Dominica | Dominican Republic | Ecuador | Egypt | El Salvador | Estonia | Faeroe Islands | Fiji | Finland | France | Georgia | Germany | Ghana | Gibraltar | Greece | Grenada | Guatemala | Guyana | Honduras | Hong Kong | Hungary | Iceland | India | Indonesia | Ireland | Israel | Italy | Jamaica | Japan | Jersey & Guernsey – Channel Islands | Kazakhstan | Kenya | Kuwait | Kyrgyzstan Republic | Laos | Latvia | Liechtenstein | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Macau | Malaysia | Malta | Martinique | Mexico | Moldova | Montserrat | Morocco | Nauru | Nepal | Netherlands | New Zealand | Nicaragua | Nigeria | Norway | Pakistan | Panama | Papua New Guinea | Paraguay | Peru | Philippines | Poland | Portugal | Puerto Rico | Republic of Korea | Romania | Russian Federation | Rwanda | Saint Kitts and Nevi | Saudi Arabia | Senegal | Serbia | Singapore | Slovakia | Slovenia | South Africa | South Korea | Spain | Sri Lanka | St. Lucia | St. Vincent & Grenadine | Suriname | Sweden | Switzerland | Taiwan | Tajikistan | Tanzania | Thailand | Tonga | Trinidad and Tobago | Turkey | Turks and Caicos | Ukraine | United Arab Emirates | United Kingdom | Uruguay | USA | Uzbekistan | Venezuela
For more information about the M2M One Global SIM email info@m2mone.com.au

5. Reminder – Telstra 2G 900MHz Shutdown

M2M One would like to continue to remind customers that Telstra will discontinue their 2G/GSM 900MHz network on the 1st of December 2016. This will impact all M2M One customers utilising 2G/GSM only hardware in Australia.

You can view our official notification here

M2M One customers with 2G devices have the opportunity to utilise 3G and soon, 4G LTE. All M2M One SIM cards are compatible with the Telstra 2G, 3G (and soon) 4G network, so you will not need to physically change any SIM cards from M2M One.

M2M One customers affected by the shut down of Telstra’s 2G/GSM network who are looking for solutions/alternatives for their 2G/GSM devices are advised to contact a 3G/4G LTE device vendor.
Please read M2M One’s notification of the shutdown if you haven’t already.

You can also read our blog on the Australian 2G Shutdown

M2M One – April 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to M2M One’s April Newsletter – We’re now 12 months out from Optus shutting down their 2G network and only 8 months from Telstra shutting down theirs, the conversation around upgrading hardware is heating up. IoT/M2M Solution providers are considering the jump from 2G to 3G, LTE or possibly a LPWAN technology like SigFox or LoRA. At M2M One we’ve been working with customers and hardware vendors across the country to help them prepare their device for the shutdown and future proof their next model for years to come.

In this months newsletter we invite to join us at CeBIT Australia in Sydney, show you a new monitoring feature in the M2M Control Centre, highlight our participation in the recent Connect expo in Melbourne, highlight a product from one of our hardware partners, and as always, we remind customers that Telstra we be shutting down their 2G network on 1st of December 2016.

  1. Trade Event – CeBIT Australia 2016
  2. Control Centre Update – Month-to-Date Voice Usage Now Available
  3. Highlights – Connect Expo 2016
  4. Product Spotlight – Remora 3G Battery Powered Tracker
  5. Customer Reminder – Telstra 2G (GSM) 900MHz Shutdown

1. Trade Event  CeBIT Australia 2016

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M2M One would like to invite you to join us at CeBIT Australia 2016 taking place at Sydney Olympic Park from the 2nd to the 4th of May.

M2M One will be exhibiting our range of M2M SIM Cards, Data Plans & Networking services at booth F15

As well as exhibiting M2M One will be participating in a number of presentations during the exhibition:

Free Show-floor presentation – ‘Developing & managing wireless M2M services in Australia’

  • Tuesday 3rd May – 2:40pm at CeBIT Show-floor theatre stage B
  • Wednesday 4th May – 10:40am at CeBIT Show-floor theatre stage B
Internet of Things Conference – ‘Reinventing and empowering retail with the Internet of Things’ with Cradlepoint
  • Wednesday 4th May – 12:15pm at CeBIT IoT Conference in the Dome Theatre
We’d also like to extend a huge thank you all our customers who provided testimonials for our nomination to the CeBIT business awards this year, with your generous feedback we have been short-listed as a finalist for the CeBIT Business Award for Service Distinction.
If you’d like to arrange a meeting with any of the M2M One staff at CeBIT please reply to this email with a suggested time and date.

2. Control Centre Update – Month-to-Date Voice Usage

In this months update to the M2M Control Centre a new feature that several customers have been asking for is now available. The ability to monitor voice usage per device in real-time. For customers currently using M2M One’s voice enabled SIMs you can now view Month to Date Voice Usage in the Services listing of your current fleet.

To enable this feature simply right click on any column heading in the Services listing and enable the ‘Month to Date Voice (min)’ column – Please note that this is a combination of outbound and inbound voice usage, and M2M One only charge for outbound (MO) voice sessions.

3. Highlights – Connect Expo 2016

M2M One were pleased to once again participate in one of Australia’s leading ICT and emerging technology events, Connect 2016. Connect took place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre over the 19th – 20th of April.
Naturally the show was focused on the IoT hype slowly starting to meet reality, with conversations around LPWAN, Smart Cities and LTE for IoT being more about practical deployments than theoretical possibilities. One of the most exciting stands at the show was LX Group who were showing their new modular IoT Core product could be a game changer for companies looking to incorporate multiple wireless technologies into a small simple form factor.
On Tuesday the 19th of April, M2M One & M2M Connectivity hosted a free 25 minute seminar on ‘Developing a Cellular IoT/M2M Solution in Australia’ at the Connect ICT Theatre on the show floor – You can view the slides from this presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/JamesMack4/m2m-one-m2m-connectivity-developing-a-cellular-iot-or-m2m-solution-in-australia-connect-expo-2016
We look forward to seeing you all next year at Connect 2017!

4. Product Spotlight – Remora 3G Battery Powered Tracker

Remora-Offer

As M2M One continues to grow our partner program with leading M2M Hardware & Software providers world wide we are always on the look out for special offers that will benefit our customers. This month we have partnered with Australian Telematics hardware supplier Digital Matter to provide M2M One customers who are interested in trying their new 3G battery powered tracking device the ‘Remora’ free batteries for the month of May – Simply mention this newsletter when you purchase the product.

Digital Matter’s Remora is a low-profile, rugged 3G battery powered tracking device that is well suited for tracking of large assets like trailers, equipment, bins, skips, caravans, boats, motorbikes & jet-skis and can provide tracking updates for up to 5 years purely on battery power if configured for a single ping a day.

The Remora is an ideal replacement for old 2G hardware or an additional product to add to an existing tracking suite as it can be seamlessly integrated into any tracking platform with Digital Matters OEM Server & Data Connectors

For those of you who want to get a feel for the product, Digital Matter will be on hand at the M2M One booth F15 at CeBIT Australia on Monday the 2nd of May and we’ll have a demo unit throughout the expo.

If you’d like to learn more about Digital Matter’s dealer program or their product line please contact Stuart German on +61 497 770 050 or email at stuart@digitalmatter.com

The Remora is now available for purchase from M2M Connectivity or Digital Matter

5. Reminder – Telstra 2G 900MHz Shutdown

M2M One would like to continue to remind customers that Telstra will discontinue their 2G/GSM 900MHz network on the 1st of December 2016. This will impact all M2M One customers utilising 2G/GSM only hardware in Australia.

You can view our official notification here

M2M One customers with 2G devices have the opportunity to utilise 3G and soon, 4G LTE. All M2M One SIM cards are compatible with the Telstra 2G, 3G (and soon) 4G network, so you will not need to physically change any SIM cards from M2M One.

M2M One customers affected by the shut down of Telstra’s 2G/GSM network who are looking for solutions/alternatives for their 2G/GSM devices are advised to contact a 3G/4G LTE device vendor.
Please read M2M One’s notification of the shutdown if you haven’t already.

You can also read our blog on the Australian 2G Shutdown

Star Gazing – 5 Predictions for M2M & IoT Trends in 2016

Star Gazing – 5 Predictions for M2M & IoT Trends in 2016

Alright so we’re a couple of weeks into 2016 so I think I’m still within the prediction grace period? If you haven’t already you can read my review of 2015 on our blog and see how my predictions from 2015 stacked up.

Last year I was fairly bullish on specific change, and that didn’t really pan out for me… This year I’m going with slightly broader strokes.

So here are my predictions for things we can expect to see in M2M/IoT in 2016, have at it:

edge computing vs cloud computing iot and m2m

A battle for the ages… – EDGE © WWE

  1. Edge Computing vs Cloud – You may have heard the term Edge Computing start to be thrown around last year, you might have even heard someone use the term FOG computing (and if you were anything like me your head immediately hit the desk). Edge computing is the concept of putting the intelligence, processing and decision making power into the device sitting at the edge of the network.
    Typically, modems/remote devices can be seen as ‘dumb’, they simply collate data from various sensors and send it back to a central server or more recently to a cloud environment for processing and decision making.
    Edge computing wants to change this by empowering the device to make decisions as soon as the data is received.
    Reducing the latency and ‘time to act’ significantly benefits autonomous or critical applications like the increasing swarms of drones and unmanned safety units being developed for agriculture and emergency applications like forest fires.
    The other benefit to processing on the edge is that it theoretically reduces the amount of data sent back over a wireless network, a device might alert someone that it is taking an action or has completed an action rather than sending a request to act, waiting for a response, then acting.
    The debate is still in its early days with proponents on both sides arguing the benefits and drawbacks, but I have a feeling we’ll see a lot more coverage of edge computing in 2016.

    LPWAN M2M and IoT

    Some of the major LPWAN players you’ll see in 2016

  2. LPWAN on the rise – 2015 saw Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) firmly insert themselves into the IoT networking conversation. Last year France’s SIGFOX secured over $100 million in funding and announced expansion plans in the USA & Australia arguably putting themselves at the forefront of the LPWAN movement, but the LoRA Alliance & Weightless SIG are also poised to make a disruptive splash in Low Power Communications.
    Australia has it’s very own Sigfox deployer Thinxtra who will be rolling out pilot sites soon. Telstra are also looking at LPWAN with a pilot in Melbourne CBD and we expect a number of LoRA alliance deployers to be hot on their heels.
    Expect more conversation and visibility of LPWAN networks in 2016 but there is still a fair amount of consolidation & brand building to be done before we reach peak LPWAN penetration.

    iot and m2m cellular decisions

    Where do we go from here? – Parks & Recreation © NBC Universal

  3. Cellular Flux – Expect the 2G/3G/4G debate to continue to rage on in 2016 with AT&T and Telstra both poised to hit the button at the end of the year with Optus and all of Singapore’s cellular providers aiming to do the same in early 2017.
    In the operator space I can see a few scenarios happening:

    • More networks announce their 2G shutdown dates – As alternative technologies become more affordable and solution providers in some parts of the world are inevitably forced to make the change, I can see more operators feeling comfortable with pulling their 2G networks.
    • LTE leapfrogging – With a strong established base of 2G hardware in Europe I can see some operators taking the Telenor approach and shutting down 3G prior to 2G in a long term effort to consolidate everything under LTE (Read about Telenor’s 3G 2020 shutdown here) It’s a smart approach as it buys more time for operators who are still rolling out LTE base stations and fine tuning coverage and it allows their customers to continue planning and designing boards without being forced into a 3G device that may not last as long as they hope.
    • Opportunistic 2G grabs – We’ve already seen M2M/IoT MVNOs making any deal they can to squeeze more life out of 2G in the USA with Vodafone still not announcing in Australia I’m wondering if we won’t see the same here. There is even talk of some independent operators/MVNOs buying old hardware and spectrum to keep 2G alive for M2M. It’s a short term gain for a decent outlay but with Asia and Europe still churning out cheap 2G hardware it may pay off.

In the hardware space 2016 there is still some juggling of frequency bands to get the right products for multiple markets together. Most customers we work with are waiting patiently for hardware compatible with Band 28 (700Mhz) which will offer the greatest LTE coverage on Telstra’s 4GX network the successor to their Next-G 3G offering.
With Telstra’s 2G shutdown looming we’ve already seen customers in Australia testing heavily with LTE in the hopes of getting everything ready to bypass 3G entirely.

Iridium Next

Irdium NEXT coming to an orbit near you in 2016…

  1. Satellite – 2015 was a relatively quiet year for M2M/IoT over satellite, expect this to change in 2016.
    Iridium will be launching their first run of satellites for their Iridium Next constellation partnering with US space exploration heartthrobs SpaceX and Russian organization Kosmotras. With SpaceX delivering a very successful launch for Orbcomm last year, Matt Desch and the Iridium team should be feeling positive. While Next isn’t scheduled to be fully operational until 2017 the increased noise and conversation around Iridium is sure to spark renewed interest in M2M/IoT applications using satellite, especially those with global implications.
    As cellular operators continue to struggle with global roaming arrangements, pricing and interconnects we are seeing lots of customers with low bandwidth global solutions opt for the satellite route. With services like Iridium’s SBD and Inmarsat/Skywave’s IDP, companies who want a solution that will work out of the box anywhere in the world without having to deal with roaming contracts, excess usage and coverage issues are finding more and more uses for satellite as the cost for hardware and airtime comes down.
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Face meet palm – Star Trek Next Generation © CBS

  1. Terminology – With several major organizations already making steps to remove M2M from their corporate lexicon and replace it with IoT could we have finally settled on a term for this nebulous new technology?
    The writing has been on the wall for M2M for some time now, the term is already seen by most as an “insider term” only really used by those in the industry and not something that needs to be on customer facing marketing. To the customer this connected world and everything in it is IoT. Sure some of the major players will still try and make my palm connect with my forehead by rolling out IoE, IoYT & IIoT but now we’re starting to see job titles incorporating IoT, I think we are fairly safe to say we’ve decided on a term.
    Maybe I should be filing this one under hope rather than prediction, but could 2016 finally be the year we stop with all the pointless acronyms and corporate marketing terms and just call things what they are?
    In the solutions space I’ve already started to see a move away from using “smart”, “e-“ & the dreaded “i” prefixes for products. Does anyone really use the term smart-phone anymore? It’s just a phone, they’re all smart by definition now. Likewise we’ll start to see IoT products go from being Smart Thermostats, to just being thermostats as the technology becomes commonplace.

And there you have it – My 5 predictions for M2M/IoT in 2016! Do you think these are more likely than my 2015 predictions? I’d love to hear what you think, Let us know on Twitter @M2MOneAU, on LinkedIn at M2M One or visit our website at www.m2mone.com.au.

James Mack

General Manager – M2M One

 

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of M2M One or M2M Group.

M2M One – December 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to M2M One’s December newsletter. As the end of another busy year approaches, we advise you of deadlines for M2M One orders and hours of operations leading up to the Christmas and New Year period. Our support is available over the Christmas break even though our office is closed.

We thank you for your business this year. It has been a pleasure helping you reach your goals, and we look forward to contributing to your success next year. The team at M2M One would like to wish you all a happy and safe break over the Christmas Holiday period and hopes for an exciting 2016.

This months newsletter features:

  1. Notification – Christmas Business Hours
  2. Reference – Useful Documents
  3. Blog – LTE Enhancements for M2M and IoT
  4. Customer Reminder – Telstra 2G (GSM) 900MHz Shutdown

1. Notification – Christmas Business Hours

The M2M One office will be closed over the Christmas & New Years period:

M2M Office closes – 5:00pm Wednesday December 23rd 2015

M2M Office re-opens – 8:30am Monday January 4th 2016

Key Dates & Times

SIM Card Orders – Last SIM card orders are 3:00pm on Wednesday December 23rd

IPX Network Changes – Changes to IPX, VPN or Gateway configurations must be submitted before 5:00pm on Wednesday December 23rd

Technical Support – M2M One Technical Support will be available throughout the holiday period using the emergency contact details listed below – If your issue is not critical please continue to use support@m2mone.com.au

Key Contacts at M2M One

Non-critical Technical Support & IPX Network Changes – Email support@m2mone.com.au or call +61 3 9696 3011 in office hours

Emergency Technical Support – For emergency support please call Prashanth Phutane on +61 488 286 600 or James Mack on +61 411 823 787

SIM Card Orders – Email orders@m2mone.com.au

Invoice, Accounts & Billing – Email accounts@m2mone.com.au

Sales & Account Management (VIC, SA, TAS) – Contact Gideon Borden on gideon.borden@m2mone.com.au or +61 434 770 771

Sales & Account Management (QLD, WA, NT) – Contact Sean Taylor on

sean.taylor@m2mone.com.au or +61 421 724 844

Sales & Account Management (NSW, ACT) – Contact Peter Austin on

peter.austin@m2mone.com.au or +61 407 595 393

Sales Outside of Australia or Service Escalation – Contact James Mack on

james.mack@m2mone.com.au or +61 411 823 787

If you have any questions regarding your service from M2M One, the M2M Control Centre or anything else please don’t hesitate to contact our support team at support@m2mone.com.au or contact me directly at james.mack@m2mone.com.au

2. Reference – Useful Documents

M2M One is building a library of reference material for our customers. Information includes the following useful documents:

Current Retail Pricing – Contact Us

M2M Control Centre Guide – https://www.m2mone.com.au/m2m-downloads/manuals/M2M-One-Control%20Centre-Customer-Admin-Guide-May-2015.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions – https://www.m2mone.com.au/faq/

M2M One Support Portal – https://www.m2mone.com.au/m2m-support/

 

If you have any questions or need any support on pricing, data usage, spend or general control centre support contact M2M One at any time at support@m2mone.com.au

3. Blog – LTE Enhancements for M2M & IoT

This week we’re doing something a little different – We wanted to reach out to other businesses in the M2M/IoT ecosystem and get their opinions and tips on the industry. The first cab off the rank is M2M Connectivity, a specialist M2M hardware provider offering a range of products designed to help people build their ideal M2M product. With all the talk of 2G shutting down (read our blog) and companies deciding to make the jump to 3G or LTE we wanted to get some technical perspectives on LTE and the different flavors available…

You can read the full blog on LTE Enhancements for M2M & IoT here

4. Reminder – Telstra 2G 900MHz Shutdown

We would like to continue to remind our customers that Telstra will discontinue their 2G/GSM network on the 1st of December 2016. This has implications for M2M One customers using 2G 900MHz GSM/GPRS modems.

You can view our official notification here

M2M One customers with 2G devices have the opportunity to utilize 3G and soon 4G LTE. All M2M One SIM cards are compatible with the Telstra 2G, 3G and soon 4G network so you will not need to physically change any SIM cards from M2M One.

M2MOne customers affected by the shut down of Telstra’s 2G/GSM network who are looking for solutions/alternatives for their 2G/GSM devices are advised to contact a 3G/4G LTE device vendor.
Please read M2M One’s notification of the shutdown if you haven’t already.

You can also read our blog on the Australian 2G Shutdown here

If you do not know if your devices will be affected by this please contact M2M One and we can help you.
Guest Blog: LTE Enhancements for M2M and IoT

Guest Blog: LTE Enhancements for M2M and IoT

This week we’re doing something a little different – We wanted to reach out to other businesses in the M2M/IoT ecosystem and get their opinions and tips on the industry. The first cab off the rank is M2M Connectivity, a specialist M2M hardware provider offering a range of products designed to help people build their ideal M2M product. With all the talk of 2G shutting down (read our blog) and companies deciding to make the jump to 3G or LTE we wanted to get some technical perspectives on LTE and the different flavors available.

Over to M2M Connectivity for their post: LTE Enhancements for M2M and IoT

The benefits of a M2M / IoT future places new requirements on connectivity with the evolution of LTE a key component. LTE is becoming more viable for M2M / IoT applications by offering spectral efficiency, longevity, and scalability. LTE MTC (Machine Type Communications) will specifically address dramatic increases expected in the number of devices that will be deployed for M2M communications. The development and introduction of LTE MTC chipsets and modules is seen as a significant step for the cellular M2M market with solutions meeting the key requirements of low pricing, low power consumption, and network longevity.

Many anticipate that 4G LTE MTC will be the smoothest path to adoption as cellular operators shut down 2G networks to re-farm spectrum for more efficient 4G/LTE services. AT&T in the U.S. plans closure of their 2G network by January 1st 2017. All of Singapore’s 2G networks will shut down with M1, Starhub and Singtel announcing a joint shutdown on April 1st 2017. In Australia, Telstra’s 2G will be shut down on December 1st 2016 with Optus to following suit with their 2G network closure on 1st April 2017. Businesses with devices on 2G services have had early and continuing encouragement to migrate from 2G to 3G/4G technologies.

Cellular specialists, however, face competition from dedicated M2M/IoT networks such as SigFox and Semtech’s LoRa technologies that offer low power, low cost alternatives. SigFox, espousing a protocol designed specifically for the IoT, rather than one tweaked to address it, plans global expansion that include networks in Australia. Other technologies are competing in the M2M / IoT space and are gathering multivendor support. LoRaWAN backed by the LoRa Alliance, boasting 130 members has announced a certification program. While LoRa technologies have yet to be widely deployed in Australia, LoRaWAN networks are planned and trials are being conducted.

Global support over existing LTE cellular networks is a big advantage of LTE over alternative networks. LTE will expand into new usage scenarios by providing improved support for low-cost and energy-efficient MTC devices through reduced RF bandwidth. Applications envisioned for LTE MTC include metering, environmental & industrial monitoring, object location tracking, e-health, wearables and sensors.  Lower latency will also enable support for new applications that include traffic safety/control and control of critical infrastructure and industry processes.

LTE current, and upcoming, standards for M2M/IoT include:

  • LTE Cat-1: Provides downlink data rate sufficient for most M2M applications. Enablement of single antenna implementation minimizes changes to current 2G/3G equipment designs.  Most US mobile operators have committed/enabled Cat-1 on networks with a range of Cat-1 modules to be available from late 2015 through 2016 from various device manufacturers.
  • LTE Cat-0:  Provides same single antenna cost optimisation as Cat-1 but with enhanced power saving mode (PSM) for extended battery life.  Modules for Cat-0 may be available depending on operator support.
  • LTE Cat-M: Standard to be ratified with 3GPP in March 2016.  Anticipated enhancements to Cat-1 include modem simplification, reduced bandwidth to 1.4MHz, range of power saving options for ultra-long battery life and extended coverage for remote/harsh environments.
  • Narrow-Band Long-Term Evolution (NB-LTE): This new specification is set to rival other narrowband LTE specifications for 3GPP’s consideration of choice of standards for 4G M2M / IoT communications. NB-LTE proponents argue that without the need for expensive network infrastructure and chipset investments, NB-LTE by leveraging existing LTE network technology enables fast adoption and economies of scale maximization.

Currently, LTE devices have full bandwidth of up to 20MHz typically supporting multiple bandwidths depending on the carrier frequency. Although this provides deployment flexibility and allows devices to exploit the full performance of the bandwidth used, a single small bandwidth on the radio side such as 1.4MHz allows for simpler radio implementation and lower device cost.

Release 13, supporting the coexistence of 1.4MHz narrow-band devices with current LTE devices on a single, wider-band carrier, will further reduce costs by offering low-cost MTC devices that operate using half-duplex and a single antenna, and will limit the data rate to 1Mbps without negatively impacting the performance of existing fully flexible LTE devices.
Exploiting unlicensed spectrum and complemented by multi-antenna enhancements, LTE Release 13 enhancements will improve overall capacity, user data rates and latency in combination with higher-layer protocols such as TCP.   In Australia, LTE MTC on networks and device availability is still to be finalized.  With wide availability of LTE MTC on the horizon, LTE is set to play a key connectivity role in the various applications that make up M2M / IoT solutions.

For more information on 4G/LTE hardware you can visit M2M Connectivity’s Website at http://m2mconnectivity.com.au/ or visit their LTE technology page at http://m2mconnectivity.com.au/technologies/lte

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