Telstra unveils M2M plans for NextG network

28 Sep 2010

Australian incumbent Telstra has revealed that it is preparing to launch a self-service platform aimed at companies wanting to use its ‘NextG’ network to enable wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) services, iTnews reports. According to the telco, its Wireless M2M Control Centre platform will allow electronic devices other than mobile phones to communicate with other devices or systems over its wireless infrastructure; examples of M2M applications include residential security systems. Mike Chira, Telstra’s director of wireless business applications and services has claimed that the M2M market in Australia is currently worth around AUD300 million (USD288 million), although its value is expected to increase to AUD1 billion ‘over the next four years’, with the incumbent aiming to lead the sector ‘over the next several years’.

Telstra has also unveiled the proposed pricing structure for its M2M services, with one plan carrying a one-off charge of AUD2 per activated SIM card and then AUD5 per month for 5MB of data, while other shared plans impose data limits but have no restriction on the number of SIM cards.

Australia, Telstra (incl. Belong)