BICS and Avnet Silica Team Up To Accelerate Global IoT Deployment

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  • They said that 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
  • Gartner predicts by the end of this year there will be 5.8 billion enterprise and automotive IoT endpoints

International communications enabler BICS has joined hands with Avnet Silica, to deliver IoT connectivity to OEMs, devices, and applications. They said that 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. It will accelerate the deployment of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) by solving many technical, operational and commercial challenges and helping hardware manufacturers deploy new IoT solutions around the world.

Guillaume Crinon, global IoT strategy manager at Avnet said, “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. “Manufacturers can quickly benefit from NB-IoT/LTE-M technology, which lowers power consumption, eases provisioning, and creates new commercial opportunities.”

Gartner predicts by the end of this year there will be 5.8 billion enterprise and automotive IoT endpoints. That is a 21 per cent increase from 2019. The 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. They said that an increasing number of mobile operators have partnered with BICS to support M2M connectivity. BICS said that it has been able to offer NB-IoT/LTE-M connectivity in more than 30 countries globally.

Complete tool box to accelerate and expand IoT adoption

Cyrille Saulet, Solution Sales Leader and eUICC program manager at Avnet Silica, said, “Thanks to our work with BICS, we’re able to enhance our offering for OEMs and IoT partners, and ensure our customers can choose the best cellular connectivity requirements for their individual needs virtually anywhere in the world. The addition of LPWAN connectivity such as NB-IoT/LTE-M gives us a complete tool box to accelerate and expand IoT adoption, by being able to design smart and flexible connectivity solutions for our customers’ connected devices.”

Mikael Schachne, CMO and VP Mobility & IoT at BICS said, “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.”

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