10 Replies Latest reply: Mar 5, 2015 11:01 AM by Maria Lemone RSS

3G for M2M in Canada and USA




I am very interested to know the progress on M2M using 3G in Canada and USA. 


I am new to this and not clear on the understanding of migration (if there is??) from 2G to 3G in Canada and USA.


I have read that ROGERS in CANADA is converting 2G towers to 3G and would like to get a better understanding on this evolution.


I am working on a project (in Toronto, ON) that requires M2M and there are 2G dead-zones


Can anyone please point me to where "current reliable info on M2M - 2G to 3G changes> I also am looking for a detailed map of 2G towers in Toronto.


Thank you in advance

  • Re: 3G for M2M in Canada and USA



    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.


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    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.


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  • Re: 3G for M2M in Canada and USA

    Hi Brett,


    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.

  • Re: 3G for M2M in Canada and USA

    Can you keep me informed on this, I am also after the same information and will let you know what I find out also. I too have been told by others to ask questions direct to the different carriers directly.

  • Re: 3G for M2M in Canada and USA

    Hello Brett,


    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.[1] 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.[1]

    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.

    3G finds application in wireless voice telephony, mobile Internet access, fixed wireless Internet access, video calls and mobile TV.


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  • Re: 3G for M2M in Canada and USA

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  • Re: 3G for M2M in Canada and USA
    Maria Lemone Novice

    Hi Brett,


    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.


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  • Re: 3G for M2M in Canada and USA
    Daniel Freedman Novice



    You will need to get 3G devices at this point.  For detailed coverage you should look to the carriers themselves for this data.  If you are looking for M2M sim card that work in the US, Canada and 160 other countries OneSimCard maybe able to assist you, but again you will need 3G devices in Canada. 


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  • Re: 3G for M2M in Canada and USA
    Maria Lemone Novice

    Here is a link to a cellular coverage map for Rogers in Canada: http://www.rogers.com/web/content/network-coverage


    Here is a link to some 3G solutions that can be used in Canada that offer free US based technical support: http://www.icpdas-usa.com/search-result-protocol.php?3G=3G&r=maria


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