Cat-M1 v NB-IoT Q&A Transcript

In this exclusive webinar presented by  M2M One in partnership with Telstra Enterprise, we discussed how Cat-M1 and NB-IoT are both good connectivity options for industries looking to take advantage of Low Power Wide Area Network #LPWAN) technology.

Follow the session a rich question and answer covered a diverse range of topics.  Find attached the full transcript of this Q&A Session.

The Webinar is also available here : https://vimeo.com/452191361

M2M One – September 2018 Newsletter

M2M One Newsletter – September 2018

Welcome to M2M One’s September 2018 Newsletter,

This month’s newsletter comes with a personal note;
As many of you may already know I’ll be stepping down as General Manager at M2M One at the end of September and leaving the business.
It’s been amazing over the past 4 years to watch the business grow from 13,000 active SIM cards to over 160,000! and to go from 3 employees to 10. Working at M2M One I’ve had the privilege of working alongside some of the brightest minds in IoT/M2M and support customers building incredible applications.

The thing I’ve always been most proud of at M2M One has been our commitment to customer service and I’m pleased to see that trend continuing with Gideon Borden taking over management of the sales and customer service team. Gideon has always been a pillar of the M2M team with his commitment to solving problems and finding the right solutions for customers being second to none – Gideon can be contacted at gideon.borden@m2mone.com.au

From an operational standpoint one of the founders of M2M One and Australian IoT pioneer Darren Moroney will be taking over the day to day management of the business. Those of you who deal with our sister company M2M Connectivity are probably already familiar with Darren and his deep industry knowledge and commitment to customer care – Darren can be contacted at Darren.Moroney@m2mone.com.au

I want to take a moment to sincerely thank all of the customers who have chosen to work with M2M One over my tenure as manager, my peers in the IoT industry who always keep me learning, the phenomenal team we’ve built over the last few years and our founders Daryl & Darren for taking a chance on me to run with the business 4 years ago.

Thank you!
James Mack
General Manager | M2M One
  • Reminder on M2M One Cat-M1 Coverage

Over the past few months we’ve spent a lot of energy talking about NB-IoT and what’s coming and possible over the next 12 months but one of the elements getting overlooked is that M2M One has complete access already to Telstra’s nationwide Cat-M1 network today. Cat-M1 technology may in fact be more suitable for a lot of customers currently debating where to go from 3G than NB-IoT or LPWAN solutions due to the increased flexibility.

For those of you who missed it you can access a full guide on M2M One’s Cat-M1 network by clicking here: https://www.m2mone.com.au/iot-network-access-from-m2m-one/

To test Cat-M1 on your M2M One account you can simply put any M2M One SIM into a Cat-M1 capable device, our SIMs are Cat-M1 ready out of the box without any additional changes required – You can view our pricing here: https://www.m2mone.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/M2M-One-Australian-Price-List.pdf

M2M One are excited to be sponsoring the inaugural IoT Impact conference when it comes to Sydney in September.

As a company that shares the IoT Alliance of Australia’s vision for empowering Australian business through IoT/M2M we’re excited to be able to exhibit our selection of dedicated data plans for IoT applications to visitors to the conference.

What is IoT Impact?

IoT Impact is a two-day learning campus for Australia business executives – to understand and plan for the impact of the Internet of Things in Australia.

By 2020 the number of IoT connected devices globally is expected to be 30 billion, and this is forecast to grow to 100 billion by 2025. By 2025 the IoT market could be generating revenue close to USD 10 trillion. Every person and every business will feel the impact. IoT Impact is designed to help your company answer the complex questions required to handle and profit from this revolution.

Ticket Options

  • Connect Pass ($1125 with code IOTm2m1-C1) – Full access to the IoT Impact Conference, Site Visits, Expo, Workshops, Vendor Labs. As a sponsor of IoT Impact, M2M One are pleased to be able to offer our customers and peers in the IoT industry a 10% discount on the Connect pass by using the code
    IOTm2m1-C1
  • Access Pass ($125 Early Bird before 10th September) – Access to the IoT Impact Expo, Workshops, Vendor Labs.

M2M One look forward to seeing you at IoT Impact this month – If you’d like to arrange a time at the show with one of our staff please email support@m2mone.com.au

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

Page ActionsThis month you may have noticed a change in the M2M Control Centre, the addition of an ‘Actions’ button on all pages.

The actions button combines several previously separate buttons/actions into a single button and offers different functionality depending on the page you are viewing. Some examples below:

  • Services Listing
    • Edit selected SIM cards
    • Export listing to excel file
  • Batch Update
    • Upload Excel File
    • Export results to excel file
  • Billing > Usages
    • Export monthly usage to excel file
  • Admin > Users
    • Create new user
    • Delete user
    • Edit user
    • Export list of users to excel file
  • Automation
    • Create new rule
    • Edit rule
    • Delete rule
    • Export Automation Rules to excel
Have more questions about the M2M Control Centre or want some training?
Contact your M2M One account manager

M2M One – July 2018 Newsletter

M2M One Newsletter – July 2018

Welcome to M2M One’s July Newsletter,

In this month’s newsletter we invite you to join us at Security 2018 at the Melbourne Convention Centre to talk about the latest security innovations in IoT & M2M. We’ll also be at the Australian Vending Machine Expo talking to customers about how our SIMs are supporting the vending industry across Australia.

With Telstra starting to tune down their 2100Mhz 3G network (See our previous newsletter) we’ve had lots of questions from customers about how to make sure their devices are built for the longest possible shelf life when using M2M One SIM Cards.

Telstra’s primary 3G frequency and the one they market as Next G is 850Mhz, while they do use 2100Mhz for additional capacity in populated urban areas now the majority of consumer devices are on LTE they have started to shut down 2100Mhz across Australia, as we previously advised.

Telstra’s primary frequency on LTE is B28 (700Mhz) and this is what they are marketing as 4GX in the consumer space. This will also be the frequency they run IoT technologies on (Cat-M1 & NB-IoT) in the long term. The B28 4G network has been built from rural Australia inwards so wherever you see rural 4G coverage it will more than likely be on B28.
Telstra also use B3 (1800Mhz) which was used for the early LTE networks deployed in major urban areas, this network is also being built outwards into rural areas for capacity and load balance.

For the maximum coverage, capacity and lifespan with M2M One SIM cards we strongly recommend a 850Mhz 3G & dual B28/B3 LTE modem.

  • NB-IoT SIM Trial SIM Cards

M2M One are now able to offer limited trial SIMs for testing compatible NB-IoT devices, these SIM cards come in Standard, Micro & Nano form factors and are limited to 3 per customer.

There are some limitations to the current implementation of NB-IoT which need to be considered

  • These SIMs only work on the Telstra NB-IoT network and have no access to 3G, 4G or Cat-M1 at present
  • NB-IoT is currently only available on B3 (1800Mhz)
  • Modems and Modules must specifically be capable of NB-IoT communication
  • Coverage is limited to major cities at this time
  • NB-IoT does not support SMS or Voice

If you have an NB-IoT compatible device and would like to test these SIM cards please contact your account manager or email info@m2mone.com.au

  • Support for Madison Technologies Privonet customers

M2M One are excited to be working with Madison Technologies to support their customers transitioning away from the now discontinued Privonet VPN solution.

If you’re currently using the Privonet VPN solution Madison have published a comprehensive guide on their website on how to transition your service to M2M One’s IPX environment 

M2M One are excited to exhibit at the Security 2018 when it returns to Melbourne from 25 – 27 July at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

From physical and electronic solutions to biometrics and cyber security, Australia’s largest security event offers three days of business networking and intelligence sharing.

For over three decades the event has provided a showcase for new and innovative security technologies and solutions. This year, the Security Exhibition & Conference 2018 will connect with more than 5,000 security professionals with over 150 industry leading brands.

Security 2018 – Expo hours
Wed 25 Jul 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thu 26 Jul 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Fri 27 Jul 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
 
M2M One are exhibiting at stand C27
 
 

M2M One will be exhibiting at the Australian Vending Expo tradeshow when it returns to Melbourne on the 26th and 27th of July at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

M2M One solutions power inventory management, payment and tracking systems in over 5,000 vending machines across Australia and we’re joining the show to talk about how our SIM cards are used by the vending industry.

Australian Vending Expo – Expo Hours
Thursday 26th July : 1PM – 5PM
Friday 27th July : 9AM – 3PM

Visitors to the show can register for free at the door during expo hours

M2M One are exhibiting at stand 13

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

Adding new users

This month we look at how to add new users to your control centre account and give them permission to view or manage your SIM cards.

When you log into the control centre select Admin from the front page

When the admin page has loaded click on Users from the left hand menu

When the user page has loaded click Create New –

Follow the prompts on screen to set-up a new user for your account

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

M2M One – April 2018 Newsletter

M2M One Newsletter – April 2018

Welcome to M2M One’s April 2018 Newsletter,

This month M2M One are exhibiting and participating in a panel discussion at Convergence in Sydney, one of Australia’s leading conferences on innovation and disruption in the digital space. We’ll be joined by Thinxtra and Actility on a panel discussing IoT & LPWAN.

We’re starting to see pathways for cellular LPWAN take shape now with Cat-M1 devices now undergoing heavy testing in Australia and sample boards for NB-IoT starting to surface. M2M One are working to get access to NB-IoT SIM cards for testing for our customers ASAP

If you ever need any assistance with selecting the right technology or devices for your IoT project feel free to reach out to M2M One as we have an extensive partner network we can connect you with for hardware & software.

  • M2M One Payment Gateway

M2M One have completed the move to a new payment gateway for credit card payments – Click here to access – The payment portal can be accessed any time by clicking the Pay My Bill link on www.m2mone.com.au

  • SIMs for NB-IoT

At present M2M One SIM cards can access the full Telstra network for 3G, 4G/LTE and Cat-M1, while the NB-IoT network is still undergoing testing and integration M2M One can not provision existing SIM cards onto NB-IoT.
We will have access to NB-IoT enabled SIM cards shortly but will need to send you a new physical SIM card to utilize the network.
If you require NB-IoT enabled SIM cards for testing please contact your account manager or respond to this email for more information.

  • Global SIM Price Update

M2M One have negotiated some new volume based pricing and additional countries for our Global SIM service with our underlying carrier partners – For large deals or specific countries please contact your M2M One account manager for more information.

Learn, Collaborate, Innovate & Explore

M2M One will be exhibiting and participating in Convergence once again when it returns to Sydney on Wednesday 11 April 2018 at the iconic Masonic Convention Centre, on the corner of Pitt and Goulburn Streets, Sydney 2000.

Convergence is a unique blend of conference learning, trade show research and cross-industry networking.

Convergence 006 will focus on the business revolution bring driven by the latest technologies such as:

  • Robotics
  • XR (Augmented AR, Mixed MR & Virtual Reality VR)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • The Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Blockchain & Crypto
  • Machine Learning
  • Wearable Technology
  • 3D Printing
  • FinTech / Finance Innovation

Event timeline:
Registration: 8:30am
Expo Trade Show: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Conference: 10:00am – 5:30pm
Lunch: 12:30pm – 1:00pm (included in your ticket)
Evening Events 6pm – 9pm

M2M One will be participating in a panel discussion at 12:00pm entitled “Driving Business Advantage with a clever use of the Internet of Things and M2M” alongside Thinxtra and Actility.

https://convergence.events/tickets

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

Troubleshooting SIM Performance – Diagnostics Tool

This month we look at how to utilize the Diagnostic tool in CISCO Jasper for some quick insights into SIM performance.

When you run the Diagnostic tool in CISCO Jasper it checks 4 elements:

  • Provisioning
  • SIM/Device
  • Network Connection
  • IP/Internet

Below is a quick guide to troubleshoot failures for each section:

Provisioning Failed – When you see this status it means your SIM card is simply not provisioned in a state that allows network activity in CISCO Jasper. This error will occur if your SIM cards are in any other state apart from Activated, Activation Ready or Test Ready. If you see this error, simply change the status of your SIM card in CISCO Jasper to the correct SIM State.

SIM/Device Failed – This error appears when the SIM is in a usable state in CISCO Jasper but is blocked at a network level, this typically happens when a SIM on a CAP plan has hit its data limit for the month or there has been a provisioning error at the M2M One side. If you see this error contact support@m2mone.com.au for immediate help.

Network Connection Failed – This error means that the SIM is provisioned correctly but can’t register onto the mobile network, this is typically caused by the following:

  • No power to the device
  • Incorrect frequency bands for the mobile network (Example no 850Mhz 3G for Telstra)
  • No mobile coverage in area
  • SIM card incorrectly inserted or SIM reader damaged
When you see this error we recommend trying the following trouble shooting steps before contacting support@m2mone.com.au
  1. Check power to the device, if the device is powered try cycling the power to the modem
  2. Check you have the supported mobile frequencies on your device and in your location
  3. Check our coverage map to see if you have coverage in your area
  4. Test the SIM in a mobile phone to see if it registers
  5. Reinsert the SIM and check the contacts on the SIM reader

IP/Internet Failed – This error means that the SIM has been able to register on the mobile network but can’t pass IP/Data traffic. This is typically caused by the following:

  • Incorrect or misspelled APN in the device
  • Limited power to the modem
  • Limited signal strength
  • Incorrect ports or sockets open on device
  • IPX Address incorrectly configured (IPX customers only)
When you see this error we recommend trying the following trouble shooting steps before contacting support@m2mone.com.au
  1. Check the APN(s) in the device are spelt correctly
  2. Check signal strength on the device
  3. Check power to the device
  4. Send any necessary SMS commands to force a modem reboot
Have more questions about the M2M Control Centre or want some training?
Contact your M2M One account manager

M2M One – February 2018 Newsletter

M2M One Newsletter – February 2018

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a fantastic holiday and have an exciting 2018 lined up!

As always, we at M2M One appreciate you chosing us as your provider for M2M SIM Cards and Data Plans and look forward to helping you grow your M2M/IoT business over the next 12 months!

In this month’s newsletter we talk about the new cellular IoT networks available from Telstra in Australia, including accessing Cat-M1 with M2M One today and how you can prepare for NB-IoT. We also look at the trade events and exhibitions we have coming up in 2018 and as always give you a quick tip on getting the most out of your Jasper Portal.

  • Telstra Cat-M1 Network Access on M2M One

Telstra launched their Cat-M1 IoT network back in August 2017 enabling devices with Cat-M1 capabilities to access the network anywhere 4GX (B28) coverage was available. This was great, but mainly for developers and R&D houses experimenting with new technology and not something that would affect the wider IoT/M2M community in Australia until these devices became more ubiquitous.

Now there are some commercially available modules and products that use Cat-M1 on the market we wanted to remind customers that M2M One SIM Cards work with Cat-M1 straight out of the box, if you have an M1 capable modem or module in your device you can use your existing SIM cards today without any changes being made.

For more information about Cat-M1 click here

  • Telstra launch NB-IoT Network in Australia

Some of you may have already seen that at CES 2018 in January Telstra officially announced they have turned on NB-IoT capability in major cities and some regional hubs across Australia. This marks the first stage of Telstra’s roll-out of the latest standard in LPWAN technology on the cellular side.

At the moment there are very few NB-IoT compatible devices available and the Telstra NB-IoT network is currently only available on the 1800Mhz frequency but now is the perfect time to begin thinking about your next generation of device.

For more information about Telstra’s NB-IoT announcement click here

We’re locking in our exhibition calendar for 2018 and have some fantastic shows coming up!

Australian Healthcare Week 2018
21-22nd March 2017
Sydney International Convention Centre (ICC)
Sydney, Australia
Stand: 32

Melbourne MegaTrans
10th-12th May 2018
Melbourne Convention Centre
Melbourne, Australia
Stand: 4022

CeBIT Australia 2018
15th-17th May 2018
Sydney International Convention Centre (ICC)
Sydney, Australia
Stand: i20

Security Exhibition & Conference 2018
25th-27th July 2018
Melbourne Convention Centre
Melbourne, Australia
Stand: C33

Australian Vending Association Trade Show 2018
26th-27th July 2018
Melbourne Convention Centre
Melbourne, Australia
Stand: 13

All Energy Australia 2018
3rd-4th October
Melbourne Convention Centre
Melbourne, Australia
Stand: 1016

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

Managing Voice Usage

This month we look at how you can make the most of utilizing voice on your M2M One SIM Cards and how to protect yourself against bill-shock by using Automation Rules.

By default M2M One SIM Cards come with SMS, Voice & International Roaming disabled but these features can be added at any time by our support team.

When you activate voice on your SIM(s) you then have 3 pricing options to choose from – PAYG, 1 Minute Bundle & 10 Minute Bundles. With the 1 & 10 Minute bundles these can be grouped across your account, the same as data plans so if you have 10 x 10 minute bundles you have 100 minutes of voice to use across your devices in a month – Voice pricing is available on our price table

With voice usage M2M One only charge for MO (Mobile Originating) or Outbound voice calling, receiving calls to your SIM is free of charge.

When you have voice available on your SIM we strongly recommend putting protections in place through automation rules, the automation rules allow you to alert or block a SIM if it exceeds a certain level of voice usage in a month.
For example you may have your SIMs in a device that dials in once every day for 1 minute so you expect to use 30-35 minutes of voice per month, you might want to set up a rule that alerts you if you use 60 minutes of voice in a month and suspends the SIM if it uses over 120 minutes of voice.

Voice usage controls are available on page 20-23 of our Jasper Automation Rules guide – Click here to Download

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

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