Rapidly emerging new technologies are becoming available to help scale global connectivity based on the eUICC (embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card) specification, as evolved by the GSMA. To facilitate this, two fundamental technologies are required.
The first is a platform that enables simple, easy, fast integration with, and enablement of IoT (Internet of Things) centred subscription and SIM lifecycle management on an in-country MNO (Mobile Network Operator) cellular bearer service. This must be a platform that can provide a single generic control layer of tariffs, SIM connectivity services and data-transit. Ideally this will be provided through a comprehensive suite of APIs (Application Programme Interface) and a single private APN (Access Point Name) for multiple MNO bearer services across a range of countries and regions.
The second key technology requirement is a platform that manages the downloadable profile and secure keys to the SIM. One platform without the other doesn't provide a solution that delivers the global or multi-country connectivity required by enterprise clients. It is this exact challenge that Stream's IoT-X CMP (Connectivity Management Platform) seeks to resolve.
Through integration with a profile download platform, such as Oberthur's M-Connect, IoT-X provides a seamless management of SIM subscription and functionality around the SIM, irrespective of MNO bearer service. IoT-X has evolved into the most agile and cost-effective eUICC CMP, minimising the time, cost and resources required for enabling the onboarding and integration of multiple MNOs.
IoT-X was designed for the enterprise client to self-manage connectivity, so the platform provides all the control functionality in the hands of the enterprise. If required, Stream can provide IoT-X as a managed service to the enterprise. In terms of the countries needed by the enterprise for cellular connectivity, Stream engages with the MNO in that country and integrates them into IoT-X behind the scenes, at the same time taking care of the commercial agreements to align tariffs, terms and conditions.
As pointed out in the first of these posts, the vast majority of MNOs around the world have had no strong play in their home IoT sector. To date these MNOs have had no straightforward or cost-efficient way to set up and share in the next wave of global IoT demand, emanating from the "build once - deploy anywhere" model.
IoT-X changes this. IoT-X allows any MNO to easily integrate into an IoT CMP Global Hub. MNOs that are integrated into the IoT CMP Global Hub will be able to share in the connections and data traffic that will be generated in their country, on their network, by large enterprise clients who are headquartered in countries throughout the world. This can all be achieved efficiently, quickly and at minimal cost. An MNO could, if it so wished, also choose to utilise IoT-X to develop and manage IoT connections on its own network, generated from its own in-country customer base.
Those very customers could then be offered eUICC service options, alongside the more traditional in-country overseas network options, thereby enabling export opportunities. This functionality utilises a single CMP and single screen view, irrespective of the number of MNO services adopted. The home country MNO also benefits from retaining complete control of the end customer contractual and engagement relationships.
By integrating with the IoT-X CMP, MNOs benefit from a high degree of future-proofing. For example, NB-IoT (NarrowBand IoT) functionality can be added to the platform as it becomes adopted. Similarly, LoRaWAN (LoRa Wide-Area Network) subscription and/or server network management capability can be added, as can predictive analytics concerning network and device performance. Ultimately all this blends into an enhanced service capability around all connected IoT devices and support, resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction.
In the final part of this series, we will look at how IoT-X moves towards a "non-disruptive" model of integration and bust a few myths about eUICC-enabled SIMs.