The new prepaid Gigatariff from M2MC for LowPower networks will operate in 45 countries around the world.
M2MC, a global leader in the field of device communication management in the Internet of Things (IoT), is launching a new prepaid Gigatariff.
Its main advantage is the price: for connecting and sending data from IoT devices, users will pay only €2,59 per year, which is no more than the price of a cup of quality coffee.
The obstacles of IoT
M2M Communication Holding is the company behind the service miotiq, a communication platform for LowPower NB-IoT and LTE-M networks with low maintenance costs and low energy consumption. However, getting the fastest and most efficient connection to these networks was not an easy task. Compared to communication via traditional mobile data networks, these are much more demanding technologies.
For a long time, in the area of connection to NB-IoT and LTE-M, the limit was not only the high price of the end devices, but also the price of communication. Compared to regular mobile tariffs, the prices were at first glance low, usually reaching a maximum of €10 per year. However, the price was still too high for deploying tens and hundreds of thousands of sensors (in one country). M2MC is now bringing a major change.
Solution from M2MC: Gigatariff
With the Gigatariff, the price of a connection a for a year in 45 countries of the world (including, for example, most EU countries, the USA and Australia) corresponds to the price of one cup of coffee in a good café. A complete secure connection between the device and an IoT hub (such as Microsoft Azure, Google IoT or AWS) is now available for €25.90 for 10 years. The annual costs are thus only €2.59.
Karel Krčmář, founder and CEO of M2MC:
“The new tariff for NB-IoT and LTE-M networks is a response to customer needs. It makes us one of the best both in technology and in price for IoT services. Our customers have a truly functioning and secure service at their disposal, which enables them to mass deploy IoT solutions in 45 countries around the world.”
The new plan includes a total of 1 Gb of data. In the context of LowPower devices, it can basically be described as an unlimited tariff, because end IoT devices (such as sensors) transmit only a very small amount of data and work for several years without the need to replace or recharge the batteries.
LowPower technologies are used, for example, to control energy consumption. They make it possible to send information about the state of the water, gas or electricity meters (or the flood sensor or security sensor for example) for several years without the need to recharge the battery.
Outlook for LowPower networks
Czech Republic (together with Holland) became one of the first countries in the world that could use NB-IoT technologies. It was launched with full coverage both outdoors and indoors five years ago. Since then, the miotiq platform has helped dozens of global device developers for these LowPower networks and application developers that work with sensor data to connect their products quickly and efficiently.
Experts predicted an early mass deployment of sensors and other LowPower devices. The speed of deployment was delayed first by the covid-19 pandemic and now by the crisis associated with the war in Ukraine and overheating economies. However, M2MC is optimistic about future developments in the field of LowPower devices.
“There are already reports of a calming down in the supply chains of components, which means that the prices will be reduced again, and their deliveries will be accelerated. Heavy investment in semiconductor manufacturing in the US and Europe will also aid lower prices. We are already seeing real projects for tens of thousands of sensors. As they will gradually increase, these numerous orders will also push prices down,” explains Karel Krčmář.