According to recent results released from a Kaleido Intelligence global survey, roaming restrictions are in the top three most important factors influencing cellular IoT deployment. Roaming restrictions can severely limit the global potential for IoT solutions and, as the Kaleido Intelligence survey indicates, is a significant area of consideration for organisations who have either deployed or are considering deploying IoT.
When a SIM card is activated in an IoT device, it is connected to a single carrier. When an IoT device moves outside of the coverage area, such as moving from North America to Europe, the device can connect to a carrier outside of its “home network” but typically for a limited amount of time – which is usually between 30 and 90 days. While this has been an acceptable solution for consumer cellular devices, such as traveling with mobiles, it is limiting to an IoT device.
Many IoT devices need to be deployed outside of the home network for years – in fact, many IoT devices have lifecycles of up to 10 years. In the case of roaming, when the permissible roaming period is ended, a device will be disconnected and even blocked from the network, effectively ending its connectivity services.
One of the attempts to overcome roaming restrictions was the introduction of permanent roaming. This was created amongst global carriers as an attempt to allow device to roam permanently outside of its home network. While a solution to the immediate problem, it is beginning to fail in the long term for several critical reasons.
Permanent roaming has acted as a stop-gap measure to a long-term problem of fragmented global connectivity, but the change has come in the form of the physical SIM card.
eUICC technology, which stands for embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card, allows for zero-touch provisioning to carrier networks no matter where a device is located. This simplified approach to global technology offers a single SKU, over-the-air (OTA) provisioning method that can be a radical shift to organisations hoping to deploy or scale global IoT solutions.
KORE offers a true eUICC eSIM solution with its OmniSIMTM to help organisations achieve global IoT connectivity that lasts the entire lifecycle of the device. Want to try it out? Check out our free starter kit.
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