IoT Roaming – monitoring unauthorised devices on a network
12 July 2022

IoT Roaming – monitoring unauthorised devices on a network

12 July 2022

Last month Juniper Research published an interesting (and complimentary) white paper titled The Evolution of IoT Roaming which “explores the future of the IoT roaming market; identifying the opportunities that can be realised through 5G and LPWA network roaming connectivity”.

The author Scarlett Woodford predicts that the “global number of roaming IoT connections will increase from 300 million in 2022 to 1.8 billion by 2027, representing a 500% growth”.

She writes that

“There are two main use cases that have emerged within the IoT roaming market: consumer and enterprise. Within both use cases, roaming behaviour will be dependent upon specific use cases:

Consumer – For example, whilst smart home devices are likely to remain stationary and not exhibit roaming behaviour, use cases, such as consumer electronics and smart vehicles, are more likely to demonstrate roaming behaviour.

Enterprise – Again, there will be disparity in whether enterprise IoT connections demonstrate roaming behaviour. Whilst smart buildings will be responsible for a high number of connections, few connected units and devices in this sector will roam. Similarly, smart utilities sensors are also unlikely to demonstrate roaming behaviour.”

The analyst Scarlett Woodford also writes:

“In order to effectively monetise roaming IoT traffic, operators must combine accurate detection, sufficient monetisation and settlement with the need for automation. They must first be able to detect hidden devices in a state of permanent roaming.

As no operator is in the business of renting out network connectivity for free, a failure to identify these devices can significantly impact revenue.

To detect these devices, operators must use advanced analytics which can differentiate roaming IoT traffic from that of consumers. Once this traffic is segmented, operators can apply the appropriate charging models. When operators have an awareness of how many roaming, and permanent roaming IoT devices are on their network, they are then in a much better position to negotiate agreements and contracts with their roaming partners.”

Telecom26:  how we are meeting the challenge of delivering assurance for demanding IoT applications

Telecom26 runs its own full mobile core, while using agreements with more than 1100 network partners in over 200 countries and territories, to support global connectivity. Most of our customers deploy our solutions in multiple countries.

We are using our networks to rollout IoT networks across a range of vertical markets. 

In our next blog we will discuss how we can identify all the devices on our network to address the issues roaming issues discussed by Juniper.

Telecom26’s IoT Connectivity Pedigree

At Telecom26 we are helping with the rollout of IoT networks across a range of vertical markets. You can read more in these previous blogs:

IoT roaming and the need for global mobile connectivity

In a previous blog Global SIMs - why IoT devices should be shipped with them we discussed this article by Speedcast based on a report by Cisco which explains “Why IoT projects fail and what you can do to prevent it”.

Reliable connectivity is key to the success of most IoT projects.  And yet far too often IoT device manufacturers leave the connectivity component to the end-user or agency that deploys their device - and may well end up blaming the device rather than poor connectivity for project failure.

However, when a manufacturer decides to take greater control over the connectivity of its IoT devices, it faces another challenge - it may not know where its device will end up and, even if it knows the country and can partner with a particular MNO the device’s connectivity is still at the mercy of one operator with unreliable bandwidth and patchy connectivity very real possibilities.

And again, this will leave the owner of the IoT device left with the problem of juggling multiple SIMs across devices to find the strongest local network.

This where Telecom26 and our global eSIM and physical SIM cards come in.

Telecom26 - your partner for IoT connectivity

At the heart of Telecom26’s IoT service are our global eSIMs and physical SIM cards.  Just one of our SIMs in an IoT device:

  • Provides access to all of the networks covered by our global roaming service. That’s 1100+ cellular networks belonging to 650+ mobile operators in 200+ countries.
  • Removes the need to worry about the coverage of a single MNO, or the existence of roaming alliances. Our SIMs automatically select the best performing network in the area, cross-border, while providing enterprises with the freedom to change SIM profiles and services with ease.
  • Can be customised with routing profiles built for each IoT device according to a customer’s needs and budget. For example, for organisations that are more price sensitive we can ensure that our Global SIM cards automatically connect to the cheapest service in the area.

In a nutshell, Telecom26 enables data connectivity, anywhere - so that your IoT device can connect to the best available network, regardless of location.

You can read more about our IoT SIM service here.

And, if you’d like to find out how Telecom26 can help your organisation to embrace the benefits of IoT SIMs, IoT Networks, improve IoT connectivity and maximise IoT Security please contact us.

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