T-Mobile May Be Sunsetting 2G, But Its M2M Biz Keeps Growing


Shared on June 12, 2012 written by Chris Howell via Mobile App Developer

T-Mobile USA is shutting down 75 percent of a GSM capacity in sequence to transparent a airwaves for new HSPA+ and LTE networks. You would consider that such a large-scale retirement of a 2G ability would mutilate massacre on a high distinction domain machine-to-machine (M2M) communications business, that leans heavily on a GSM/EDGE networks. But a conflicting appears to be case. 

 T-Mobile's M2M services provider Raco Wireless announced currently during a Connected World Conference that it has landed one of a biggest fish in a M2M industry, point-of-sale (POS) transaction manager Apriva Wireless, that processed $7 billion in sales final year by wireless payments terminals. 

Apriva isn't changeable all of a business to T-Mobile. But, in a carefully worded press release, Raco, T-Mobile and Apriva pronounced that they would be replacing a depot SIM cards of Apriva's stream conduit in areas where that conduit is shutting down a 2G network. They didn't name that poser provider though it's easy to review between a lines. 

ATT is one of Apriva's stream M2M network partners, and ATT skeleton to close down a GSM network on a 1900 MHz PCS rope in New York City (it's gripping GSM adult on a mobile band) devoting that spectrum to a HSPA network. That means Apriva will need to find a deputy network for a PCS-only remuneration terminals in a country's biggest blurb center. T-Mobile and Raco might have won a agreement by default, there aren't any GSM alternatives besides T-Mobile in a NYC, though a win is a win. 

Raco President John Horn pronounced there would be many some-more wins in same vein. As carriers, again he wouldn't name Ma Bell by name, start refarming some-more of their 2G spectrum for mobile broadband, they'll be abandoning their M2M customers, who are counting on 2G networks being around for years to come, Horn said. 

So because is T-Mobile any different? Of a 4 Tier we operators, T-Mobile has been a many assertive when it comes to cannibalizing a 2G spectrum for mobile broadband. While a loyal T-Mobile is refarming a airwaves, Horn said, T-Mobile is usually shutting down GSM to a point. It's committed to gripping that remaining entertain of a 2G ability using for a "foreseeable future, that is some-more than adequate to support a strong a M2M business.

That 25 percent of a PCS spectrum will support hundreds of millions of [M2M] subscribers," Horn said. Not millions, not tens of millions, though hundreds of millions of connections."

While a large sheet equipment like tablets and cars get all of a attention, Horn said, 90 percent of M2M inclination consumer usually a many miniscule amounts of information, intelligent meters, automobile tracking modules, margin sensors, etc. For a many part, those connected automobile and inscription computing platforms are relocating to 3G and LTE networks, that have a ability to support their applications, while all of that low-capacity trade is staying on 2G.

Keywords: T-Mobile, T-Mobile M2M

Citation: Chris Howell . T-Mobile May Be Sunsetting 2G, But Its M2M Biz Keeps Growing. In via Mobile App Developer. Retrieved June 12, 2012, from http://www.mobileappdeveloper.com.au/?p=2289.

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