LTE-M/NB-IoT Canada and Hologram


#1

I am trying to sort out how best to connect a project (Arduino Based) to the cell network. I have my eye on the new Botletics Sim7000A shield, which looks perfect, with the exception that I’m not sure if there’s actually any support for Canada yet.

I am trying to setup a MQTT client to push data from a remote solar and weather station installation. Since Rogers Wireless is listed as the only Canadian cellular operator in my region (British Columbia) that Hologram has ties with, I checked and their is general coverage where the installation is.

I am torn - It seems like there is only GPRS/3G coverage available for older Simcomm modules (or the international versions), but those networks are to be disabled and decommissioned by Rogers in just over a year. I would rather develop and install a system that will work for 5+ years, not just a year.

Has anyone got suggestions or info that is helpful for my region? Or am I going to be forced to just wait until the archaic canadian telcos get their butts in order?


#2

Hey @Xplode,

This is a bit of a tough one given that LTE-M/NB-IoT is still relatively new and we haven’t heard much from Rogers’ plans to deploy those new technologies. Having said that, there is a lot happening in the global Cat-M/NB-IoT sphere which should give us more insight into how everything will shake out in a few months time.

Best,
Maiky


#3

Thanks for the reply Maiky.

It does seem that I’m stuck in a bit of a bad few months for development timing. Bell Canada has apparently launched their LTE-M network already, but I’m not sure what usable coverage is like yet. Any chance Hologram is looking to work out a relationship with them?

I suppose I could pick up one of the old simcomm units for 3G and do my development on that, then just adjust the AT commands to work with the new modem. Sure stinks to have to go that route tho.


#4

Hey Xplode,

We are constantly looking for new carriers to work with, but I haven’t heard anything about Bell Canada. I’ll make sure to bring that up with our product team.

For the time being I’d say tried and tested networks are your best bet in Canada. Hopefully this will change soon though.

Best,
Maiky


#5

I’ve requested sign up for the Roger’s trial.


#6

@redacted that’s great. Let us know how it goes!