Choosing a Cellular IoT Connectivity Type

Choosing the appropriate IoT connectivity is crucial for your device's success. Cellhire provides a variety of cellular connectivity solutions to ensure the best option for your IoT devices.

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Why choose cellular connectivity for your IoT applications?

When it comes to connecting to your IoT device, there is a range of technologies that you can choose from including Wi-Fi, bluetooth and cellular.

At Cellhire, we recognise that cellular connectivity offers numerous advantages over other methods of IoT connectivity, including greater reliability, broader coverage, and enhanced security when compared to alternative connectivity options.

The benefits of cellular connectivity for IoT applications

Cellular connectivity: an evolving technology for IoT devices

Cellular connectivity technology has advanced through several generations, each providing varying levels of speed, bandwidth and latency. Starting from the basic 2G to the most innovative 5G, every generation of cellular connectivity has a range of features that cater to different devices and purposes.

2G (second generation)

2G cellular connectivity is used by IoT applications that require wide coverage and low-power consumption for remote monitoring, tracking, and basic data transmission.

  • Suitable for:
  • Asset tracking
  • Remote monitoring
  • Smart metering
3G (third generation)

3G networks are used in IoT applications requiring moderate data speeds and better network reliability. 

  • Suitable for:
  • Healthcare telemetry
  • Surveillance and security
  • POS terminals
4G (fourth generation)

4G is ideal for IoT devices that need real-time data exchange due to its high-speed data transmission.

  • Suitable for:
  • Mobile CCTV
  • Digital advertising
  • Traffic management
5G (fifth generation)

IoT applications that require quick response times and many connected devices benefit from 5G's low latency and high data rates.

  • Suitable for:
  • Industrial IoT
  • Smart manufacturing
  • Connected vehicles

LTE-M and NB-IoT are ideal choices for IoT applications that require extended device battery life or very low data consumption in remote or challenging environments.

  • Suitable for:
  • Smart cities
  • Smart water management
  • Energy efficient IoT devices
Cellular connectivitySpeedLatencyCoveragePower consumption
5GVery highVery lowLimitedHigh
LTE-MLow to moderateLowModerateLow
NB-IoTLowHighLow to moderateLow

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How to choose the right Cellular connectivity solution for your IoT application

Interconnected IoT solutions

When choosing which cellular connectivity solution is right for you, there are many elements that you should consider. These factors go beyond technical specifications and delve into the core of your IoT project's requirements and goals.

  • Coverage and range
  • Latency
  • Power consumption
  • Cost considerations
  • Scalability
  • Network longevity

When you choose Cellhire as your IoT connectivity partner, we’ll work with you to understand your application and recommend the most appropriate solution for you depending on these and a range of other criteria.

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Choosing Cellhire: a partnership for success

When you choose to partner with Cellhire for your cellular IoT connectivity, you don’t just get a SIM card provider. You get a partner who is committed to delivering a solution that will underpin your critical business applications.

Take advantage of Cellhire’s exclusive IoT solutions and unlock the potential of seamless SIM management for your IoT devices with Cellhire's SIM Management Portal – where control meets convenience, and your success is our priority.

Rest assured, security and compliance are at the core of our solutions, and our dedicated customer support team is here to assist you, whatever your IoT connectivity needs.

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