5 Questions You Should Ask When Choosing an IoT Connectivity Provider

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5 Questions You Should Ask When Choosing an IoT Connectivity Provider

Today, businesses of all sizes are incorporating the Internet of Things (IoT) for use cases like fleet tracking, point of sale and digital signage. Meanwhile, there are new startups reimagining business models and enabling new ways of connecting, transacting, and sharing information They are inventing transformative new approaches to wearable tracking devices, home security solutions, and medical device diagnostics. Of course, they’ve only begun to scratch the surface.

For organizations looking to embrace the IoT, the opportunities are vast, and those who navigate wisely will reap the rewards–with staggering estimates as high as $11.1 trillion by 2025. That’s a big reason businesses in every industry are investing heavily in IoT development.

While it’s true that some companies have made tremendous strides advancing IoT services within their organization, still others are finding themselves with platforms, tools, and legacy telecom solutions that were great options when new, but may no longer reliable or able to scale. For CTOs and developers tasked with building an IoT portfolio, the last thing they want is to have to manage and integrate multiple connectivity sources.

Fortunately, securing and integrating cellular connectivity within your IoT portfolio is one area that’s no longer difficult to surmount. Look for a communication provider that has done the hard work for you: one with a secure, reliable global network, developer-friendly APIs, and easy-to-use web-based interfaces for fast provisioning and management of SIMs.

Before you evaluate cellular IoT connectivity providers, read this whitepaper to learn which questions to ask to ensure the right fit from the start.

Short on time? Here are the key takeaways:

  • From the get-go, you shouldn’t have to wait weeks (or months!) to get SIMs for your devices, and you shouldn’t pay for more connectivity than you need. Make sure the provider makes it easy for you to provision SIMs yourself and offers flexible pricing to support your unique business requirements.
  • To contain costs and analyze your IoT connectivity on-the-fly, you need to know how your SIMs are performing on a daily basis. Ask your provider what tools they provide so you can track, monitor, and manage the SIM lifecycle, without having to call a help desk for support.
  • For ease of development and integration with IoT services, APIs provide a more flexible approach for developers to activate, monitor, and control cellular connectivity with just a few lines of code. Ask your provider how easy it is to integrate their cellular connectivity into your IoT ecosystem.
  • In this digital global economy, be sure to ask about reach. Even if you are not currently connecting with customers on the other side of the world, you can future-proof your enterprise with simple integrations that let you add a city, a region, or a country with ease. Ask potential providers to be upfront about the regions they operate in, and what their plans for expansion are.
  • The connectivity partner you choose today will determine the growth and ultimate success of your foray into IoT. Don’t get trapped with a solution that may limit your ability to expand globally or leave you stuck with ‘out-of-the-box’ hardware and software that can’t be customized if your needs change. You need flexibility, and a partner you can trust.