Internet of things (IoT) connectivity is everywhere, from routers to sensors and applications. Companies use different mobile network connectivity types depending on their needs. Choosing which is the right one for your project can be tricky. Should you choose a managed APN, a business-grade prepaid service or rely on roaming? In this article, we’ll walk you through these three options and tell you our pick.
IoT connectivity refers to the connection between all the points in an IoT network. This includes sensors, gateways, routers, applications and platforms. Available network solutions may vary according to bandwidth consumption, range and power. Thus, IoT projects have different requirements and require different connectivity options.
There are currently over 30 billion connected IoT devices and, according to research, the number is expected to more than double, reaching 75 billion devices by 2025. Many of these devices will use data connectivity provided by GSM mobile networks. This exponential growth makes securing the connection between those devices and the Internet a priority. One of the ways of achieving this is by managing the Access Point Name, or APN.
An APN is created to provide a connection between a mobile network and the Internet, separating traffic from other Internet traffic. Companies looking to manage Internet connectivity must choose between a managed private APN, or a prepaid or global roaming option.
An APN is a gateway between two networks, one of them being a mobile network. Companies use APNs to manage Sim connections to networks.
An APN can be public or private. All mobile networks have public APN offers, with a basic set of configurations that allow users to connect to the Internet.
A private APN is a superior solution in terms of customisation options. Private APN Sims need to be managed from both an Internet protocol and a firewall and data routing perspective. Organisations use managed APNs to customise the way devices safely connect to their network. With a private APN, you can basically build your virtual mobile network without needing to invest in physical infrastructure.
The benefits are:
Managed APN diagram. Source: SIMcontrol
Business prepaid provides the flexibility to quickly and easily load or suspend Sims across multiple mobile networks, which in turn saves money. Companies can easily recharge or top-up device Sims, keeping the costs under control.
IoT roaming is different from consumer roaming in that data traffic management is critical. Therefore, connectivity is essential to be able to monitor, measure and monetise the traffic.
Roaming also has the additional risk of having to manage data Sims across the world. Therefore, it is typically the most expensive of options. Companies opting for global roaming are those for whom controlling the data packages is critical.
SIMcontrol is a solution for companies that need reliable mobile network connectivity. For businesses that need to manage connected devices at scale, controlling the costs and risks can be a challenge.
SIMcontrol has the advantage of being network and Sim type agnostic, which allows customers to manage multiple networks without issue. The platform is designed for enhancing IoT, machine-to-machine or mobile workforce connectivity. The system simplifies managing the Sim base for multiple networks from a single online platform.
It is flexible, allowing management of multiple mobile networks on one platform. Its easy setup means you can start your trial today. The platform offers a high level of customer support with a team experienced in IoT.
The system is cost effective with a see-what-you-spend approach, reducing the dreaded data connectivity bill surprises. Since you can add and manage Sims according to your needs, SIMcontrol provides scalability, benefiting companies of all sizes and across industries. Moreover, the automated management activities and API integration options make SIM administration much easier.
Speak to a consultant to learn more about how SIMcontrol gives you affordable and efficient enterprise connectivity. Sign up today for a trial account.
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