Nordic Partners with iBASIS to Offer Global Connectivity for Cellular IoT Module


Nordic has bundled a globally-usable iBASIS eSIM with 10 MB of free initial data into all its nRF9160 Development Kits

Nordic Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company specialises in ultra-low power performance wireless system on a chip and connectivity devices, announced that it has entered into a partnership with iBASIS – one of the world’s biggest international cellular carriers in voice, data and Internet of Things (IoT) services. The aim of the partnership is to make global LTE-M and narrowband (NB)-IoT cellular IoT connectivity simple, automatic and instant, when using nRF9160 System-in-Package (SiP) module.

In order to achieve this, Nordic has bundled a globally-usable iBASIS eSIM with 10 MB of free initial data into all its nRF9160 Development Kits. The customers of Nordic nRF9160 cellular IoT have to simply register their eSIM on its nRF Connect for Cloud website to smoothly connect to the ‘Global Access for Things’ network of iBASIS and gain access to a complete range of configurations, connectivity and monitoring services.

Due to this, Nordic’s nRF9160 cellular IoT customers can get immediate high-quality global connectivity without going through the process of negotiating and managing several relationships with individual local cellular carriers around the globe.

Using the eSIM technology, the customers can leverage iBASIS as a single global connectivity supplier, with a single ‘operations’ on-line dashboard, a single contract and a single monthly bill that breaks down all services used globally.

Reducing complexity for customers

Speaking about the development, Ajay Joseph, CTO, iBASIS, said, “We feel IoT connectivity should be turnkey, seamless, and secure. We’re delighted to partner with Nordic Semiconductor to provide an eSIM for Nordic’s nRF91 Series cellular IoT modules. We are reducing complexity, making it easy to support Nordic’s customers’ global deployment, using a single eSIM, for a remotely programmable on demand service.”

“Nordic customers can focus on their core competencies knowing that their cellular IoT connectivity, coverage, speed, latency, and security are all being expertly managed by one of the world’s leading international cellular data carriers,” he added.

Making cellular IoT easy

Geir Langeland, Nordic Semiconductor’s Director of Sales & Marketing, said, “We designed the nRF91 Series from the outset to make cellular IoT easy and applicable to any application that would benefit from a cellular connection. For us, this extends to every aspect of the module’s operation and customer experience and that includes making international connectivity and roaming automatic and instant.”

Langeland further said, “In fact, I think for any IoT application to succeed its wireless IoT connectivity must be that simple. With the iBASIS eSIM, we believe Nordic Semiconductor has delivered this to its customers. It’s also why we believe cellular wireless technology is an ideal technology for building the IoT.”

An eSIM is a remotely, over-the-air programmable SIM that can hold multiple sets of local network operator credentials as compared to a traditional SIM card that can only hold one set of operator credentials. The iBASIS eSIM is in line with all the relevant standards of GSM Association (GSMA) and is soldered onto the nRF9160 SiP module.

The nRF9160 SiP is significantly smaller, lower power, and has more security features as compared to any other cellular IoT module for LTE-M and NB-IoT applications. The nRF9160 SiP is available from major international electronics distributors such as Mouser Electronics, Digi-Key Electronics and Premier Farnell, among others.

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