Run-of-the-mill mobile connectivity simply won’t cut it when you’ve got thousands of devices to connect across just as many locations. Whether your solution needs unrivalled reliability, world-wide roaming without the usual restrictions, or granular insights and control, here’s what to be on the lookout for when choosing an IoT connectivity provider.
Can your IoT connectivity provider get you to market quickly with complete visibility and control?
A capable IoT connectivity partner will handle all the tricky parts for you—while putting you in control of the things that really matter.
They’ll offer stronger commercials than MNOs, protect you from bill-shock, use their supplier agreements to take care of any contract roadblocks, and get it all done well within your timeline.
And with a management portal you’ll be able to monitor and make changes to your solutions in real-time. No more headaches having to log into a different portal for every SIM. No more telephone tennis trying to sort out technical issues. No more panic over unexpected data usage or missing SIMs. Just complete visibility and control.
Can your IoT connectivity provider give you trouble-free international roaming?
Poor international coverage, a lack of support, and soaring costs, and permanent roaming are enough to put anyone off from tackling the roaming beast. To make things worse, 46% of decision-makers believe the number of countries restricting permanent roaming is growing.
And unfortunately, the big MNOs aren’t planning on making improvements any time soon. Costs are built around the consumer, and their regulatory restrictions often mean they can’t cater to permanent roaming.
It’s not surprising that over 50% of cellular IoT adopters report that their current IoT connectivity is unable to deliver consistent service quality across international markets.
The good news is that the right IoT connectivity provider will build your connectivity with global roaming agreements wrapped in. And even better, there are a range of options that’ll keep your devices online and completely safe from roaming restrictions.
Does your IoT connectivity provider ensure your solution has end-to-end security?
Security blackspots leave your solution—and its data—up for grabs to anyone looking for a quick buck, putting your whole operation at risk, and your reputation on the line.
A good IoT connectivity provider will help ensure your solution is airtight, taking measures on several fronts to shore up your defences and minimise the risk of disruption.
SIM and IMEI locking, Private APNs, and SIM authentication will all boost your security’s strength at network and cellular levels. Add in a content filter at network level and you’ll further lock your security against threats.
Blocking access to sites, keywords, and known harmful content, will keep your devices and data safe from malware, all while protecting connectivity from misuse and abuse.
Does your IoT connectivity provider offer eSIMs?
At less than half the size of a Nano SIM, eSIMs save space and demand less power. They also cut production costs by eliminating steps in the supply chain. No need to add SIM slots or worry about acquiring SIMs when they’re already in-built.
And with multi-IMSI capability you’ll be able to swap and add operator profiles on the fly—all without the hassle of setting up a new contract, switching portals, or setting up new APIs.
Wondering whether you need eSIMS? Read now and find out.
Does your IoT connectivity provider offer 5G?
It not only provides lightning fast speeds that can easily outperform fixed line services; it’s low latency, can connect up to 1 million devices per square kilometre, and is ultra reliable. It’s perfect for masses of sensors, remote surgeries, self-driving cars, virtual reality… the list goes on.
Perhaps most important of all, eliminating the cost and operational difficulties of installing fixed lines will democratise super-fast connectivity for businesses and homes everywhere.
And the demand is high. Ericsson reported 5G fixed wireless access offerings have increased by 25% since the end of 2021.
Learn more about 5G and IoT.