International connectivity provider BICS is partnering with Telcofan, a consultancy and system integrator, to support the delivery of private networks for businesses.
The partnership will solve many technical challenges associated with connecting IoT devices to private networks, such as initial setup and ensuring consistent connectivity for travelling devices.
By collaborating with BICS, Telcofan will be able to provide customers with SIMs and eSIMs for their connected devices, such as smart factory components or tracking chips for shipping pallets. Thanks to an accompanying SIM management platform, organisations will be able to flexibly set up and manage multiple connected devices in real-time.
BICS and Telcofan are also empowering eSIMs to more easily roam between public and private networks as well as to use national public networks as a backup. The collaboration means organisations can more easily implement use cases that require end-to-end connectivity, such as asset tracking and mission-critical applications.
This solution also eliminates the need for complex operator agreements, helping enterprises avoid network "lock-in" and enabling devices to roam freely across global networks.
“Private networks, particularly in the case of 5G, promise to transform businesses like manufacturing and logistics, but technical complexity can be a barrier to adoption,” said Lieven Vanthomme, managing director at Telcofan. “Alongside BICS, Telcofan is making it easier than ever with one SIM, with one unique identity, to use on your private network or even an operator network.”
“As businesses look to leverage next-gen technology like M2M (machine-to-machine) and IoT, companies like BICS and Telcofan can help handle connectivity requirements without enterprises having to plunge into the world of telco,” added Divya Ghai Wakankar, VP of enterprise business and marketing at BICS. “Businesses now have access to a global SIM/eSIM and a platform that makes connecting devices simple, from network roaming through to SIM provisioning.”