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IoT in the cellular industry

By Max Burkhalter
February 24, 2022

As rumblings of sixth-generation wireless technology (6G) begin to permeate the telecommunications industry, 2022 is positioned to be a landmark year in regards to the advancement of cellular services and capabilities. From embedded Subscriber Identity Module (eSIM) cards to secure access service edge (SASE) infrastructure, here are some of the potential breakthroughs we could see become the industry standard before year's end.

The rise of eSIM technology
With the ability to sign onto carrier services without the use of a nano-SIM card, eSIM technology is widely considered to be the eventual heir apparent to physical cards in next generation cell phones. Allowing multiple profiles on one eSIM, a user can activate services from different providers all on the same device.

A December 2021 MacRumors report suggests that the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro may release without a physical sim card slot, signifying the mobile giant's commitment to eSIM. With the iPhone 13 already supporting eSIM with QR code registration, future phones may follow suit and forgo the dedicated SIM slot entirely.

Android phones, beginning with Android 9, offer support for eSIM technology. Local profile assistants (LPAs) are system apps designed to sort through various profiles and communicate with remote servers. These servers then store and deliver profile packages to devices. Beginning with Android 10, devices can store multiple eSIMs, a clear indicator that this new integration is here to stay.

SASE cells
Designed to allow remote operators the ability to integrate with an enterprise IT infrastructure, SASE technology has huge implications for cell phone security.

As writer David Cohen noted in an article published on Mobolize, the unforeseen shift to work from home business models demanded an increase in cybersecurity measures. By removing the need to choose between performance and security outcomes with the integration of a cloud-based system that enables both to work together, SASE has become a fixture in IoT tech applications.

Developed by research and advisory company Gartner in 2019, SASE allows instantaneous access to cloud connectivity, while optimizing security priorities, managing threat detection and data protection capabilities.

As Patrick Dunn notes in an article published on Appknox, smartphones are quickly growing to rival desktop PCs as the go-to work instrument for many users. Conversely, the practice of requiring work hardware for remote jobs is fading. As these trends continue, SMS multi-factor authorization or Virtual Private Network (VPN) accessed infrastructures can't hold up to the demands of today's business world. With users potentially working remotely and connecting various devices to a shared company database, the number of unsecured endpoints grows exponentially. 

SASE overcomes vulnerabilities at connection endpoints for mobile devices as they interface with networks. This technology eliminates the risk traditionally associated with smartphones, as they lack the processing power necessary to mitigate risk factors on their own.

Reliable solutions
Whether partnering with providers like Allstream to offer console servers or implementing IOLAN SDS2  terminal servers for global leaders in Telco, Perle is proud to assist in advancing communication infrastructures.

Perle stands ready to provide efficient, reliable technologies in order to adapt to the needs of a constantly-innovating industry. Learn more about how Perle is powering next generation communication by contacting us today.


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