From connected cars and wearable fitness trackers, to logistics management and real-time healthcare solutions, the Internet of Things (IoT) offers a world of opportunities to organisations across all industries. To fully realise the potential of the IoT and unlock these opportunities, however, businesses must be confident that they have complete access to the global and cross-border mobile connectivity they need to set their devices free.
The installed base of connected devices is expected to more than triple from 21.1 billion in 2018 to over 75 billion by 2025. A successful IoT implementation, of course, requires each of these devices to be fitted with a SIM to connect it to a network to send and receive data, and to enable its ongoing management. And, as many of these connected devices will be shipped around the globe, it’s crucial that they are equipped with SIMs capable of seamlessly connecting to a network regardless of their location, and often across borders.
However, ensuring that devices have this kind of access, and gaining control over this degree of connectivity, can be a challenge for many companies.
Having to provision and manage SIMs for thousands, if not millions of devices, means many organisations implementing a global IoT solution will essentially be acting as MVNOs, despite lacking experience of the complexities of roaming between different mobile networks worldwide. Likewise, required to embed SIMs with the necessary level of international connectivity into their devices, many manufacturers may find themselves hindered without a relationship with one or more mobile network operators. What’s more, burgeoning eSIM technology, which is poised to soon replace the traditional SIM card, may complicate matters further, requiring the development of a global eSIM profile.
With access to more than 700 mobile networks around the world, and with worldwide, cross-border coverage, our API-based pay-as-you-grow SIM for Things solution offers manufacturers and end-users alike a means of addressing these challenges.
Embedding a global IoT SIM into each of the connected devices it produces, for example, can immediately open up new international market opportunities for a manufacturer previously held back by supply chain limitations. Businesses can enjoy a truly international IoT implementation, knowing that their devices will enjoy reliable, manageable connectivity no matter where in the world they’re located.
Its rate of adoption demonstrates what a serious proposition the IoT is, and the scale of the opportunity it represents. Global connectivity is key to its success, however, and with our SIM for Things, our aim is to make it as simple as possible for any business embarking on an IoT implementation to access that connectivity and grasp the opportunities it offers.