Today, for better or worse, organizations require ‘always-on’ connectivity. The rise of remote work and globalization means business-critical communications can come through at all hours of the day. In the past, this used to be a stumbling block for business growth. Today with the help of embedded SIMs (eSIMs), businesses can connect to the Internet of Things anytime and anywhere.
IoT and Key Challenges to Businesses
According to a recent Beecham Research report, enterprises find the requirement for ‘always-on connectivity’ challenging. However, the businesses surveyed also believe that eSIM services help them deliver on this front. In the survey, 80 percent of businesses consider it challenging to deploy multiple projects or scale IoT projects globally. These challenges stem from logistical issues associated with traditional SIMs, so enterprises seek out alternatives like embedded SIMs as a solution.
Why Businesses Are Choosing eSIMs Today
According to 97 percent of the respondents in Beecham’s survey, they prefer eSIMs because these have diagnostic tools that enable fast troubleshooting. For 89 percent of the respondents, it was compelling that eSIMs have anytime and anywhere global activation. Businesses also appreciated embedded SIMs’ end-to-end security.
Today, IoT data is critical to business operations, and enterprises are coming around to the idea of always-on connectivity. With eSIMs, enterprises have the fast and reliable access they need while keeping project costs down and increasing their revenues.
Traditional SIM Cards Are Less Practical
Although traditional SIM cards brought about the success of mobile handsets, they lead to all sorts of bottlenecks in the IoT market. They can cause inventory management issues, delays in device deployment, and others. What’s more, enterprises must manually replace SIM cards if they want to change mobile network operators (MNOs).
With eSIM solutions, businesses no longer have to address issues like these and others related to traditional SIMs. A manufacturer can insert an eSIM into a device’s circuit board and provision it remotely with an MNO’s profile, enabling enterprises to streamline production processes and reduce inventory. Since they can also remotely switch MNOs or update eSIMs, they improve their IoT connections while lowering connectivity costs.
eSIMs Allow You to Bypass Roaming Restrictions
Several countries have roaming restrictions for mobile network providers—they allow a maximum of 60 to 90 days, after which devices get expelled from the network. With an eSIM, you can take a device out of the country and use it while connected to other networks without issue as eSIM profiles can be automatically changed every 60 or 90 days. This capability becomes crucial for larger devices like wind turbines, requiring loading a local profile where roaming restrictions do not apply.
Does Your Project Need eSIMs?
Assess whether your IoT project benefits from eSIMs before committing. First, consider whether your project is large enough to warrant embedded SIMs or if you plan to scale it up soon after the launch. Think of the length of time you expect to use the devices and if the devices move within a country or across borders. Projects deployed in multiple regions and countries, especially ones with prohibitive roaming costs, would benefit from eSIMs.
When you use eSIMs for a global IoT project, it ensures that your devices stay connected for many years. Regardless of where you launch them or changes in technology and price, you can expect to stay ahead and well-equipped for what comes next in your industry.
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