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:
- Trade Event – CommunicAsia 2016
- M2M Control Centre – Billable States
- Highlights – CeBIT Australia 2016
- Product Spotlight – M2M One Global Roaming SIM
- Customer Reminder – Telstra 2G (GSM) 900MHz Shutdown
1. Trade Event – 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
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?
- 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.
- 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.
3. Highlights – CeBIT Australia 2016
4. Product Spotlight – M2M One Global SIM
Need access to a single SIM for global M2M/IoT deployments?
- 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
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