10 Criteria For Selecting The Right IoT Data Plan (part 1 of 2) From Telit
Do you know what you need to look for?
It’s important to know what criteria you should consider when it comes to choosing the right IoT data plan. Telit experts have compiled a 10 point list of the most important criteria to consider, whether you are just starting out or already have thousands of connections installed.
1. Custom plans for IoT data, SMS and voice
Different IoT applications use different types of plans. Sometimes you may need only a data plan, other times alarms to be sent over SMS, or perhaps voice for specialized applications requiring human interaction. Make sure your provider offers custom IoT data packages from short bursts to large broadband files for all of the different types of cellular data.
2. 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE mobile broadband packages
Make sure your provider accommodates both your new and legacy devices. In some cases, where some operators may be phasing out their different generation networks, you must look for a provider who can harmoniously support 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE standards.
3. Coverage on tier-one mobile networks
Don’t settle for spotty network coverage; your provider should offer universal coverage on established tier-one networks, with reliability and redundancy. Tier-one mobile networks are secure, reliable, mature, and scalable with dependable coverage in both urban and rural areas.
4. Seamless roaming across networks and regions
If you need to track mobile assets, you need a network provider that can follow you anywhere. A specialized IoT data provider can seamlessly integrate the networks of multiple carriers so you don’t lose service as you move across different regions, while also offering customized roaming packages with no hidden charges or rate surprises.
5. Multi-layer security and VPN connections
Security is at the top of companies needs now more than ever; make sure your IoT connectivity provider offers multi-layer network, routing and transport security across your own tailor made private VPN network, with geo-redundant 24/7 monitoring and network operations center support.
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