Permanent roaming is when a device is permanently connected in a country that is not its nominal ‘home’ territory beyond a specific period, for example, 3 months. To date, roaming has been utilized by business travellers or holidaymakers who are not expected to be in a particular country for more than a few weeks.
More recently, IoT providers have used roaming as a way to increase their global connectivity levels, but permanent roaming presents an issue to many providers today.
Many countries explicitly prohibit the permanent roaming of devices onto local networks including Brazil, Turkey, India, Canada, and China.
Once an operator enforces permanent roaming restrictions, it can lead to devices being blocked and disconnected. This is a major problem for large scale IoT deployments. And a growing problem too with more and more MNOs also choosing to limit permanent roaming on their networks.
Future-proofing IoT devices to ensure they can agnostically switch between networks is becoming increasingly critical as we see more and more of these restrictions coming into effect around the world.
Many enterprises with global IoT projects opt for an eSIM localisation option to safeguard their device estate, secure the best connectivity coverage available and avoid any possible network outages in the long term.
Cellular network localisation is achieved when an IoT device connects to a mobile network operator native to the country it is deployed in.
To localise your devices overseas, your IoT devices need an AnyNet+ SIM; an eUICC compliant Multi-IMSI eSIM card that houses multiple mobile network profiles.
Upload new Step2 profiles to your devices over-the-air (OTA) to localise them to the region where they are deployed as the primary default. These localised profiles together with bootstrap IMSIs give you have access to over 700 mobile networks worldwide. Should any network experiences issues or downtime, the SIM rotates between these profiles to ensure that the device not only connects but achieves the best connectivity coverage available.
A recent report by Kaleido Intelligence found that eSIMs provide a solution that eliminates the future risk associated with roaming, lowering the total cost of ownership for projects when compared to risks associated with physical SIM-swaps.
What’s more, eSIM can deliver a highly secure solution, enabling data communications and storage security and solving challenges related to IoT device on-boarding with cloud backend systems.
Load new network profiles over-the-air whilst maintaining fallback networks to provide near 100% global connectivity.
Our Multi-IMSI technology rotates between multiple mobile network profiles for access to over 700 networks.
Seamlessly switch networks quickly and effectively to achieve greater uptime, performance and value.
Eseye’s AnyNet SIM contains multiple Tier 1 MNO multi-IMSI bootstraps and Step2 profiles. Coupled with the AnyNet Connectivity Management platform, you can manage and localise your IoT estate’s connectivity with ease. Learn more about the unique technology in our AnyNet+ SIMs.
Permanent roaming issues can stop an IoT project in its tracks, cause unforeseen device disconnections, and rack up extortionate costs.
Discover more about the role localisation plays in securing and maintaining connection, and how to overcome permanent roaming challenges.