13m | Natalie Bannerman
International communications company, BICS in collaboration with French mobile operator SFR is expanding the global coverage of its NB-IoT connectivity.
The expansion will bolster BICS’ ability to directly embed 2G, 3G, 4G, NB-IoT and LTE-M/Cat-M1 connectivity in the devices of OEMs and IoT players via BICS’ SIM for Things IoT global solution.
BICS’ network connects IoT devices with 2G, 3G, and 4G to more than 700 global mobile operators. In addition, it has developed one of the largest NB-IoT/LTE-M networks, with coverage in 30 countries and through its eSIM solution, manufacturers can embed connectivity and switch networks on-demand.
“We are leveraging our leading position in the market to provide greater choice and flexibility to the global IoT industry,” said Mikaël Schachne (pictured), CMO and VP mobility & IoT at BICS.
“By capitalising on our relationships with mobile operators around the world, BICS is uniquely placed to provide companies global 2G, 3G, 4G, NB-IoT and LTE-M connectivity to make IoT deployment simple, reliable, flexible and cost effective.”
NB-IoT/LTE-M connectivity has a number of benefits for a range of IoT applications. By using LPWAN connectivity, devices use less power, reducing maintenance cost and battery size, and thus opening the door to provide connectivity to a new range of connected devices. Additionally, by embedding NB-IoT/LTE-M connectivity directly into these devices, speeds up their physical deployment and builds in flexibility to tailor connectivity.
According to Steffen Sorrell, Kaleido Intelligence’s chief of research, 2.5 billion LPWAN connections are predicted by 2025, creating a large-scale market for NB-IoT over the coming years. BICS’ expanded NB-IoT/LTE-M network lays the foundation for the deployment of global IoT projects for enterprises and providing secure connectivity for devices.