Many organisations leverage WiFi connectivity to connect people and devices, but as operations decentralise and more “things” and devices become connected and require greater data throughput, speed, and bandwidth, cellular as a primary connection is a strong, viable option. Analyst research projects the wireless connectivity market will grow from $109.3 billion in 2022 to $199.3 billion in 2027.
When organisations deploy cellular as a primary network, costly landline connections can be replaced with reliable wireless networks for remote, widespread offices and devices. Moving from a wired to wireless connections manages issues of not having wired connections available or where wired internet access costs too much.
In some use cases, wired connectivity can be too expensive or unnecessary, but cellular as primary is becoming a viable option for locations that have numerous connected devices. Restaurants and retail are good examples. Restaurants, in particular, are integrating more connected devices beyond point of sale, including connected tablets for ordering and integration with third-party applications for ordering and delivery. Retail has the potential to expand beyond point of sale, as well, with extended reality (XR) and augmented reality (AR) to enhance user experience, as well as data utilisation for targeted, mobile advertising through location-based services.
Other applications include:
When organisations leverage cellular for primary connectivity, they can capture always-on network connectivity regardless of location in a “plug-and-play” model that helps accelerate getting online. Cellular as primary is ideal for SD-WAN, and it supports Voice over IP (VoIP) and video conferencing.
Currently, 4G LTE is the most widespread cellular connectivity option, but certain hardware providers offer 5G-ready routers and SIMs so the switch to 5G is simple when the network becomes available.
Management of SIMs and devices can be simplified through a unified connectivity management platform, as well, which allows for ordering and provisioning.
Any type of technology migration can be difficult. Setting up a new connectivity infrastructure while devices are still reliant on connectivity make it even more difficult. And, if an organisation is headquartered in one location, but deploying wireless connectivity in other locations, trying to do so remotely can introduce hurdles. That’s why it’s important to partner with a connectivity expert who can make that transition simple.
KORE pre-integrates the components and manages the logistics of getting wireless connectivity up and running, no matter where you need it.
Prior to shipping the routers and SIMs needed to get started, KORE customises device configurations, activates, and tests IoT endpoints to ensure everything will work right out of the box for Day 1 connectivity.
If an organisation wants to continue to use a wired connection, but is interested in the resiliency and availability of cellular connectivity, KORE also offers cellular connectivity failover solutions. If connectivity goes down due to weather, construction, or other issues, cellular failover provides 99.99 percent uptime for devices and applications to switch until the primary connection is restored.
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