International communications enabler BICS has added private mobile networks connectivity to its SIM for Things solution. This latest enhancement to BICS’ solution builds on the recent addition of borderless 5G capabilities, announced in March.
According to Analysys Mason research in January 2021, enterprises will spend US$9 billion (€7.49 billion) on private LTE/5G mobile networks over the next five years. However, seamless connectivity must be guaranteed between a connected site, and external operator networks. This has meant that enterprise customers have needed two SIMs to maintain coverage, adding greater complexity and cost.
The addition of private mobile network connectivity to BICS’ SIM for Things solution now allows system integrators, OEMs, and hardware manufacturers to enhance their competitiveness with new compelling use cases for connected devices which function both inside and outside the private network on a single SIM, seamlessly moving between the two when required.
Combined with BICS’ global Private IPX & Cloud Connect solutions, the data generated by connected devices on the public network is securely transported to the datacentre of the private network, completely independently of the public internet. Hence, the connectivity stays private, even on public networks.
BICS’ SIM for Things solution comprises a physical and virtual SIM card, equipped with self-management capabilities and real-time Quality of Service data analytics. The solution provides seamless and borderless connectivity across 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE, 5G, LTE-M and NB-IoT, with coverage in 200+ countries. This allows enterprises to access more than 700 mobile networks worldwide, easily switching networks between public and private to capitalise on best quality and coverage availability.