What is Cellular IoT (Internet of Things)?

Cellular IoT

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The abundant innovation in IoT device developments has led to a wider range of options for internet connectivity. To say that we live in an-all connected world at this point would be an understatement.

One of the most common ways to connect to the internet is by using the existing cellular infrastructure that already connects our mobile phones to the internet.

What is Cellular Network?

A cellular network is a wireless radio communication network spread across the surface through the base and mobile stations. These towers can cover geographic regions to provide mobile phone connectivity. They allow mobile phones to transmit information, communicate, and access the internet.

What is Cellular IoT?

Cellular IoT is a class of IoT Connectivity Technology that allows IoT devices to connect to the internet using the same network infrastructure as mobile phones. The growth of the latest connectivity provisions, such as 5G, has allowed cellular IoT to be a considerable choice for large-scale IoT deployments.

There is an extensive amount of types of connectivity when it comes to IoT Connectivity Technologies- which we list down below. But, what you need to know is that technologies such as 5G, LTE Cat M1, and NB-IoT are some trending examples of them.

How does Cellular IoT work?

The working of cellular networks includes significant sophistication in terms of antennas, hardware, radio waves, modulation, and many other areas. However, we can breakdown the working of cellular IoT networks into three of their main components: IoT SIM card, chipset/modules, and frequency bands:

  1. IoT SIM Cards

IoT SIM cards play a fundamental role in allowing a device to leverage cellular IoT networks. M2M or IoT SIM cards can generally connect to multiple networks, unlike traditional SIM cards that only connect to one network. This is due to the fact that in IoT, roaming is a more important factor than in your private or business phone connection.

Especially with an IoT/M2M SIM card like Freeeway’s, users get adaptability in terms of common pool data for multiple SIM cards or individual SIM data with over-usage flexibility. It is vital to have the right coverage, pricing model, and SIM card for cellular IoT.

  1. Chipsets / Modems

Depending on the implementation of the solution, you need the right hardware design counterpart. For example, if you design your hardware, you might use cellular chipsets or ready cellular modules.

  1. Frequency Band

Cellular networks use the radio frequency band from 800MHz to 5GHz for different technologies, including 2G, 3G, and 4G. The last one to hit the market, 5G, operates on higher frequency bands. Lower frequency bands are often preferred for IoT that needs to target longer ranges or deep indoor coverage. NB-IoT and LTE Cat M1 support hardware that works predominantly in low-frequency bands.

All these three aspects add up to a successful cellular IoT solution as an IoT device must comply with the country’s compliances, SIM card carrier coverage, the right frequency band, and choosing the modem or chipset accordingly.

Why choose Freeeway for IoT Solutions?

At Freeway you will find a wide range of global IoT SIM cards. Whether you produce a large-scale industrial IoT solution or a mobility solution for consumer use cases, Freeeway is the right choice.

As an Austrian-based and internationally positioned company, Freeeway provides IoT connectivity with 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, LTE-M, and NB-IoT SIMs. In cooperation with our international mobile network partners and our in-house developed software, we expand Freeeway’s IoT global coverage with a growing number of networks. Fill out the contact form below, and we will take care of your cellular IoT needs.

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