There are many M2M applications using 2G/3G on the whole world. When the data flow is small, we use GPRS. If transmit video or large data, we chose 3G.
If signal is bad, we usually use two ways to try, change big antenna or change installation site. In most cases, the ISP will not add a new tower for few users.
Shenzhen Yinghua Technology Co.,Ltd
---Manufacturer of Industrial GPRS/CDMA/3G Modem and Router
Although there have been many discussions by various operators around their 2G/3G strategy there is not definitive timeline around when operators will ultimately shut down their slower networks, if at all. Your best bet is to reach out to the various operators in the U.S./CAN and ask their sales people if there have been timelines set around the sunset of their slower networks. With spectrum being so scarce the operators are scrambling to "reharvest" their spectrum from the slower networks and enable it for the higher 4G LTE services.
You might be able to dig up information on your own around the question of services available in TO. Typically the operators will make coverage maps available and then designating 2G from 3G from 4G. This might give you a better sense of what might be available just by inputting an address or zip code. You will be hard pressed to get a detailed map of where the operators have towers. That stuff is highly confidential.
2G is short for second-generation wireless telephone technology. Second generation 2G cellular telecom networks were commercially launched on the GSM standard inFinland by Radiolinja (now part of Elisa Oyj) in 1991. Three primary benefits of 2G networks over their predecessors were that phone conversations were digitally encrypted; 2G systems were significantly more efficient on the spectrum allowing for far greater mobile phone penetration levels; and 2G introduced data services for mobile, starting with SMS text messages. 2G network allows for much greater penetration intensity. 2G technologies enabled the various mobile phone networks to provide the services such as text messages, picture messages and MMS (multi media messages). All text messages sent over 2G are digitally encrypted, allowing for the transfer of data in such a way that only the intended receiver can receive and read it.
3G, short for third Generation, is the third generation of mobile telecommunications technology.
3G telecommunication networks support services that provide an information transfer rate of at least 200 kbit/s. Later 3G releases, often denoted 3.5G and 3.75G, also provide mobile broadband access of several Mbit/s to smartphones and mobile modems in laptop computers.
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Xiamen Four-Faith Communication Technology Co., Ltd.
J1-J3,3rd Floor, No.44, Guanri Road,Software Park,
Xiamen, 361008, China
E-lins Series 3G HSPA+ Router Compatible with HSPA+/HSUPA/HSDPA/UMTS/EVDO/EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks, tested in the field (refer to datasheet for details). 2G/3G and WAN connection Backup guarantees an "Always-online" Internet connection.
The 2G hardware devices won't be supported on 3G networks so you'll need to get 3G devices to use the 3G network. Here's a map for Rogers Network Coverage: Voice and Data Roaming Coverage Map in Canada and World Wide
What kind of application are you working on? Here's an example of a 3G based Modbus RTU device server. I've helped customers in Canada with 3G devices for use with the Rogers network.
GT-540P-3GWA: $899.00 Cellular Wireless Intelligent 3G Remote Terminal Unit with GPS and 2G micro SD card for remote monitoring applications. Ideal for Vehicle Tracking. Has 6 DI, 2 DO, and 1 AI. Supports operating temperatures from -25C ~ +75C
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