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.
26 – 28 June 2018
(Tuesday – Thursday)
Marina Bay Sands Expo
Each month we bring you tips and tricks for getting the most value out of the M2M Control Centre.
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.
Contact your M2M One account manager