Recently, SIMCom NB-IoT module SIM7020G has successfully earned Telstra certification.
Previously, SIM7000E and SIM7600SA had been certified by Telstra.
Australia’s telecoms sector is basically monopolized by the big three, Telstra, Vodafone and Optus. Among them, Telstra runs Australia’s largest mobile and Wi-Fi networks, with a 40% market share. Since 2018, Telstra has launched NB-IoT networks in major Australian cities and regions to enhance its IoT capabilities.
Telstra COO Robyn Denholm says NB-IoT will accelerate IoT applications in Australia, providing Telstra’s mobile network with the opportunity to connect millions of new devices that send small amounts of data at extremely low power. She claims Telstra has connected more than two million IoT devices in Australia and the number of device connections is expected to grow rapidly in the next five years.
This delivered NB-IoT deployment is part of Telstra’s “future network” plan. It is a key pillar of Telstra’s AUD $3 billion (US $2.3 billion) capital investment to improve user experience. As part of its IoT initiative, Telstra has established partnerships in the field of smart cities with Tasmania government, Australian Federal Government, several local parliaments and the University of Tasmania to develop and test new IoT solutions at Launceston and promote IoT adoption.
SIMCom has been expanding its presence in the Australian market for a long time. The company gained some experience when SIM7000E and SIM7600SA were certified by Telstra before. During the SIM7020G certification process, Telstra also intended to verify its NB Network with SIMCom’s NB module. Through continuous interaction with IoTAS and discussion on test problems with MTK, with the continuous improvement of Telstra NB-IoT network, SIM7020G successfully passed the IoTAS pretest and finally got certified by Telstra.