Telstra strikes Arduino deal

Telstra will distribute the upcoming ArduinoMKR NB 1500 IoT developer board in Australia.

The partnership, revealed last week, means Telstra will be the exclusive telco distributor for the open source board in Australia. The board, which will be sold with an M2M Telstra SIM, supports both Telstra’s Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE Cat M1 networks.

The board has an SAMD21 Cortex-M0+ 32-bit, low power ARM MCU.

Telstra said that it will be available in “early 2019” from the telco’s online developer portal.

“AsArduino’s exclusive telco partner in Australia our alliance integrates Telstra’s Cat M1 and NB-IoTnetwork investments withArduino’s world leading ecosystem to connect developers, startups, studentsand experimenters in creation and exploration of IoT innovations,” Telstra’s chief technology officer, H?kan Eriksson, wrote in a blog entry.

“Our partnership with Arduino brings to life hardware that enables quicker and simpler onboarding of devices,” the CTO wrote. “Paired with our IoT connectivity and reach, you can now build and embed sensors to enable devices to collect, send and even act autonomously on data they acquire from their surrounding environments or one another.

“From asset tracking and management, environment monitoring, vehicle fleet management and connected spaces, we can help improve efficiency, productivity and security to drive business innovation.”

Telstra’s Cat M1 network offers covers 3 million square kilometers, according to the telco. Earlier this year the company announced it had begun rolling out NB-IoT across major Australian cities and a number of regional towns. That network covers more than 3.5 million square kilometres.

Rival telco Vodafone also offers NB-IoT support in some areas, but does not support Cat M1.

In August, Telstra offered details of a collection of new location services aimed at consumers, SMBs and enterprises.

The consumer- and SMB-focused focused Telstra Locator consumers and Track and Monitor, which is built for enterprises, rely on ablend of wireless technologiesand will eventually offer Cat M1 support.

Last month Telstra was hit by a major outage of M2M services.

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