According to a recent report by IDC the implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) is growing exponentially due to several simultaneous new developments: leaps in innovation around computing, storage and analytics; falling technology costs; and a sharp jump in mobile device use. They predict that by 2020, there will be 28 billion connected units globally and the market for IoT solutions will top £5.6 trillion. They see growth from the business market outstripping that of the consumer market.
In the channel we are seeing an exponential rise in demand for mobile data SIMs and not only for use in 3G/4G routers, pre-Ethernet connectivity and Ethernet back-up. Mobile data SIMs are being fitted in many gaming machines, vending machines, monitoring devices, sensors and ATMs as standard. Every day manufacturers and service companies are finding new uses for mobile data and as we accelerate towards 5G this is unlikely to slow down.
The issue for many is one of management. Unlike FTTC, which is largely unlimited (usually with a fair use policy), mobile broadband is sold with monthly usage allowances and financial penalties for over usage. Pricing is high and there has been no easy management portal until now.
With the availability of managed mobile broadband portals such as Mobile Manager, partners are able to meet the growing demand for connected devices.
Once a SIM is installed in a device the user is often blind to usage until they get a warning or a bill. They usually don’t want a device to stop working once the SIM has reached its allowance, equally they don’t want the shock of enormous out of bundle charges. Jola offers great rates and a management portal that allows resellers and their end users to activate, SIM-swap, monitor usage, cease or bar SIMs. We also have a unique overage protection facility to protect customers from bill shock.
Partners are protecting their base from future competition, finding new types of customers and increasing average revenues per customer without significant financial investment.
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