International communications enabler, BICS, has joined forces with Avnet Silica, to deliver IoT connectivity to OEMs, devices and applications. The collaboration will enable Avnet Silica to directly embed 2G, 3G, 4G, NB-IoT and LTE-M/Cat-M1 connectivity via BICS’ SIM for Things IoT global solution. This will also enable the deployment of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) by solving many of the technical, operational and commercial challenges, in turn helping hardware manufacturers deploy new IoT solutions around the world.
Leveraging BICS’ global network and eUICC technology, Avnet Silica’s customers can connect their IoT devices to more than 700 mobile operators around the world, and easily switch networks depending on quality and coverage.
Gartner predicts by the end of this year there will be 5.8 billion enterprise and automotive IoT endpoints, a 21% increase from 2019. BICS and Avnet Silica’s partnership is the next step in facilitating deployment of IoT projects for enterprises, providing instant, secure connectivity for their devices.
Additionally, mobile operators can capitalise on the opportunity to provide connectivity to a greater range of devices by opening up their networks to support the surging IoT demand. An increasing number of mobile operators have partnered with BICS to support M2M connectivity, with BICS being able to offer NB-IoT/LTE-M connectivity in more than 30 countries worldwide.
Our work with Avnet Silica demonstrates how BICS’ SIM for Things provides the global connectivity that OEMs and hardware manufacturers need to produce connected devices and solutions in a simple, reliable, flexible and cost-effective manner. Together we have created a future-proof IoT-as-a-service offering, which will make mass IoT a reality in the coming years.
Mikaël Schachne, CMO and VP Mobility & IoT at BICS