Purchased an nrf9160 DK in the UK but cannot get any success with the ibasis SIM card. Looked at the various posts and it seems that there is no support for LTE-m or NB-IoT at the moment, which is obviously very frustrating as that wasn’t made clear when purchased.
Tried contacting ibasis to see if they had any idea as to when the relevant services would be available but no response.
Is there any information on relevant service rollout in the UK that you can share, as my purchase now seems to have limited value, though the promise of the product is just what I require,
Hi Steveg, I'm also in the UK.
There are some activated base stations around the UK in various areas and the networks are planning to roll out networks soon; 2019 or 2020 depending on the network. I'm told the UK is a difficult one because of our infrastructure. You're better off contacting Vodafone, O2 and EE to ask them about their rollout plans.
However now may be a good time to develop your application so you're ready for the time when the networks go live. You can test your board by driving to Newbury, Cambridge and a few other places spotted about the place.
As it happens, the iBasis SIM is working for me with CAT-M where I live. So it's not iBasis' fault if the device is failing to work.
AFAIK the nRF91 was always advertised as an NB-IoT / CAT-M device.
Thanks for the quick reply....... that’s helpful and appreciated.
yes you are right about how it was advertised and my frustration is as much with myself as anything, by assuming that ibasis had some connectivity arranged in the UK.
Perhaps an informing asterisk or a link to current coverage as part of the extensive Nordic marketing campaign would be appropriate.......just a thought to prevent such issues.
as SCombellack has stated, the NB-IoT and LTE-M networks in the UK are in the process of being rolled out. Please contact Vodaphone or our RSM in the UK for more information on rollout schedules and coverage maps.
We apologize for the inconvenience. We are seeing connectivity over Telefonica UK. Is that network available in your area? We also have a link that shows where we have LTE-M connectivity available: http://iot.ibasis.com/network-coverage/ If you could please share with me your IMSI or ICCID to troubleshoot further?
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Thanks Bjorn and ibasis.
I am attempting to make contact with Vodafone and awaiting a response.
I checked out the suggested page (http://iot.ibasis.com/network-coverage/) and it says “United Kingdom - Yes” but didn’t specify the coverage area.
So I followed the secondary link (https://www.gsma.com/iot/deployment-map/#deployments) and that shows no deployment. This seems contradictory.
Could you shed some light on this ?
I am based in the Cardiff (UK) region and I will follow up with the other requested info (IMSI or ICCID) over the next day or so as I am away presently.
Any info gratefully received.