If your company manufactures and sells IoT devices in a single country, it is easy to provide the devices with a network connection. All it takes is inserting the local operator's SIM card into the device.
However, if you have a factory in one country and sales operations in several countries and you don’t even know at the time of manufacture where a device will end up, the situation is more tricky.
Should the device be provided with SIM cards of all the countries in which it may end up? Or should there be someone installing the SIM cards afterwards in each country?
IoT World Alliance is a global partnership of operators that sell M2M subscriptions and aim at developing international IoT cooperation. One of the benefits of the Alliance is that its members can utilise each other's SIM cards on their own mobile network. This enables their customers to use their IoT devices around the world, using the local mobile network.
The first tests with the global SIM card are already underway, and new ones will be launched as soon as customers become interested in the service.
Of the Finnish operators, DNA belongs to the IoT World Alliance. In the video, Mark van den Berg, Chairman of IoT World Alliance, tells how the global SIM card works and how DNA’s customers will be able to benefit from it in the future.
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