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Telit module becomes first to get Telstra Cat-M1 approval

Steve Rogerson
January 18, 2018
 
Telit has become the first company to certify an LTE IoT Cat-M1 module with Australian telco Telstra.
 
The quad-band, dual-mode ME910C1-AU is based on the Qualcomm MDM9206 LTE IoT modem. It has received LTE Cat-M1 certification for operation on Telstra's mobile network.
 
Certification means IoT integrators and providers looking to deploy in Australia can quickly start taking advantage of the reliability and around three million square kilometres of Telstra's LTE Cat-M1 coverage built specifically for the IoT.
 
"This certification is a first in many ways for Telit," said Yosi Fait, CEO of Italy-based Telit. "The ME910 is the first to receive Telstra Cat-M1 certification; it is the first regional market launch of the dual-mode Cat-M1 and NB1 module series of the ME910C1; and it is the first IoT module form-factor in Australia available for all commercially available cellular standards in the region. With it, our existing customers integrating or selling products into Australia using 2G or 3G modules from the xE910 family, can now simply drop in the new ME910C1-AU and start testing Cat-M1 in a matter of weeks. New projects can also get to market quickly with assistance from our network of customer support centres and distributors available in the same time zone with local presence in a number of metropolitan areas in Australia."
 
The ME910C1-AU module is a member of Telit's xE910 family and can be applied as a pin-to-pin replacement for existing devices based on the family's modules for 2G, 3G and LTE categories one, three and four. With the company's design-once-use-anywhere philosophy, developers can cut costs and development time by designing for the xE910 LGA common form factor, giving them the freedom to deploy technologies best suited to the application's environment.
 
The ME910C1-AU also features optimised power consumption and optional quad-constellation GNSS support capabilities. Based on the Qualcomm MDM9206 global multimode modem, it is the first LTE IoT technology to receive Telstra Cat-M1 certification. 
 
Industries that demand lower costs, security and extended product lifecycles now have more options with the module. The longevity of the LTE Cat-M1 standard and feature set make it suitable for new and existing applications in vertical segments such as telematics, smart energy and metering, asset tracking, retail, point-of-sale, security and surveillance, industrial control and automation, smart homes, and smart buildings.
 
Telstra this month announced the deployment of its NB-IoT network. This means it now offers narrowband coverage in major Australian cities and many regional towns. This is in addition to the around three million square kilometres of Cat-M1 IoT coverage Telstra turned on in 2017.
 
“We already offer our customers Australia’s largest and fastest mobile network and with our IoT network,” said Robyn Denholm, Telstra COO. “Now we have added the ability to support millions of new devices like sensors, trackers and alarms operating at very low data rates that can sit inside machines and vehicles, reach deep inside buildings and have a battery life of years rather than hours and days. These devices will be the centrepiece of the internet of things, which involves enabling everyday objects to send and receive data and will transform the way we all live and work in the years ahead.”
 
Telstra also announced it had entered into a smart city partnership with the Tasmanian state government, the federal government, several local councils and the University of Tasmania to develop and trial new IoT services and drive the uptake of IoT in Launceston. Under the agreement, an IoT lab will be established in Launceston and Telstra will support the creation of a Tasmanian agritech start-up accelerator.
 
“For Australia to take advantage of the opportunities offered by IoT technologies like narrowband, we need a vibrant local ecosystem involving technology companies, start-ups, universities and government collaborating on new products,” said Denholm. “We are very pleased to be working with all levels of government in Tasmania to leverage our network investments and innovation to establish Launceston as a leading smart city.”