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Cellular IoT Provision

The Current Situation

Industries and applications utilising IoT SIMs include; agriculture, telematics and vehicle tracking, waste management and smart cities, to name but a few. The devices that contain the physical IoT SIM cards can range from GPS tracking devices to streetlights or rubbish bins. It is estimated that there will be 3 billion devices connected over cellular IoT by the year 2023 and that these will be primarily over 5G networks and LTE, so the potential for IoT SIMs is vast. 

Cellular IoT and IoT SIMs have historically never been fantastically popular as the devices utilising them needed to use a lot of power. But with technological advancements, the devices are now more economical to use. Popularity has also picked up for IoT SIM cards because the infrastructure is already in place, therefore making it easier to piggyback onto a technology that already exists (think 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G). In addition to this, the infrastructure for IoT SIMs is not only global but widespread so there is a high probability that the customer can connect their devices regardless of their location.

There are a lot of changes occurring in the cellular IoT space, particularly with the introduction of the 5G network. Alongside this, the availability to access 2G and 3G networks via IoT SIM cards is also being phased out in developed countries. Alongside the various G networks, there is also the potential possibility to connect IoT SIMs on an LTE Cat-M or NB-IoT network, which are being deployed globally.

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There's Something Big on the Horizon

5G - The Future of Communication

The G’s come from the term generation and were introduced numerically. 1G was for calls, 2G facilitated text messaging and 3G enabled video phone calls, being introduced around the first wave of smartphones. While these are not as often used by consumers since the introduction of 4G, IoT SIM cards make great use of them, due to the lesser requirements of IoT applications. IoT SIM cards do of course also allow access to the 4G and 5G networks.

But it's not the Only Way

5G and it's Rivals

5G, NB-IoT and LTE Cat-M have all been quite hot topics within the IoT space, seemingly because they have been in the pipeline for some time but have still yet to be commonly available through cellular connectivity and IoT SIMs.

What Does This Mean for IoT SIM Technology?

The Potential of 5G

It is thought that 5G will increase the potential for IoT SIM cards further by expanding the global infrastructure of cellular connectivity in the digitized world.  On the other hand, it is questioned whether it will increase costs and be an unnecessarily advanced connectivity option for IoT devices and IoT SIMs.

But What if 5G Isn't For You?

More on LTE Cat-M & NB-IoT

LTE Cat-M is a low power area (LPWA) technology that is ideal for transferring small to medium amounts of data over a wide geographical area. Power consumption is lower in devices utilising this connectivity via its IoT SIM cards. This is due to a power-saving mode that that conserves energy while the device is not in use, thereby preserving and extending battery life.

NB-IoT, or narrowband IoT, has been deployed specifically for IoT connectivity. It is another low power connectivity option for IoT SIM cards which is extremely reliable and long-range. It is predicted to be one of the most popular cellular connectivity options of the future.

For your IoT connectivity needs and IoT SIM cards be sure to check out Luner and see what we have to offer. Our coverage spans five regions and our IoT SIMs switch to select the strongest network, meaning that your IoT project is always connected.

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