BT switches on IoT roaming SIMs

  • March 1, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

British Telecom (BT) has switched on its IoT national roaming SIMs for delivery companies across the UK, helping them keep smart devices connected wherever they are.

IoT national roaming SIMs allow smart devices to connect to different mobile networks ensuring they stay connected while on the move or in remote locations. The SIMs will connect devices primarily to BT’s EE mobile network, but when necessary can connect to other major UK networks, helping to keep smart devices online.

The rollout is set to benefit courier and delivery companies in particular by giving them reliable, fast network access no matter where they are, whether in cities, rural areas or by the coast. EE recently announced the arrival of 5G to more than 500 new, predominantly rural locations, bringing the total number of UK cities, towns and villages where users can access the service to over 1000. At the same time, EE’s 4G network coverage is on track to reach 90% of the UK’s geographic landmass by the mid-2020s.

The new IoT service will help end users such as drivers and delivery workers improve accuracy and efficiency by giving them access to information in real time. An example of this would be providing visibility of fuel efficiency, changes to a delivery schedule and cold-chain management so temperatures can be constantly monitored on a refrigerated vehicle.

IoT national roaming ensures devices can continue performing to a high standard even in harsh remote conditions thanks to the enterprise-grade IoT SIMs, offering reliable, fast connectivity. BT is also offering the product at the same price as its existing pay-as-you-use IoT SIM service, meaning businesses only pay for the data they use rather than risking underusing data on a fixed rate.

“Businesses across the UK are increasingly understanding the benefits of using IoT devices in running their operations,” said Marc Overton, managing director of BT’s Division X. “And now, with the unveiling of our IoT national roaming SIMs, we’re making sure those connections stay strong no matter where business takes you. Whether in the heart of a bustling city or out in the countryside, it ensures data are transmitted quickly and reliably. We’re excited to help both our existing and new customers fully harness the power of their smart devices with lightning-fast mobile connectivity.”

In addition to the improved connectivity, the service will offer a secure management portal with full security measures to protect important data and help businesses keep track of all their smart devices. The added security helps ensure the safe and efficient use of devices, allowing companies to focus on their core operations without worrying about data breaches or device mismanagement.

The benefit of being able to switch to other operator networks, when necessary, also offers simplicity for businesses with many negotiating separate deals with mobile network operators depending on where they have operations in the country.