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TelnaFeb 20, 2024 2:01:24 PM4 min read

Real-time connectivity for Enterprise IoT is hard to find

Real-time connectivity for Enterprise IoT is hard to find

Now that instantaneous decision-making is not just valued but required, the integration of real-time connectivity within the Enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) landscape represents a pivotal frontier. 

The recent Kaleido report unveils a concerning gap in the IoT industry: the struggle of enterprises and IoT service providers to offer real-time data insights and network operations visibility. 

This revelation underscores a critical disconnect between the potential of IoT to transform industries and the current state of service offerings, where over 70% of providers fail to meet the demands for comprehensive, real-time connectivity.

In this article we take a closer look at real-time IoT connectivity—its definition, importance, and the profound benefits it promises for efficiency, operational excellence, and user experience across sectors like industrial automation, healthcare, and smart city management. 

With a keen eye on the challenges highlighted by Kaleido, we also consider the reasons behind the service gap, the repercussions for enterprise customers, and the broader implications for the IoT ecosystem.


What do we mean by real-time connectivity for IoT?

Real-time IoT connectivity allows for the immediate collection and analysis of data from connected devices. This capability is essential for applications where time-sensitive decisions are critical, such as in emergency response systems, industrial automation, and smart city management. 

By providing up-to-date information, IoT systems enable administrators and automated processes to make quick decisions and take immediate actions, thereby improving efficiency and effectiveness.


Kaleido report: Most enterprises IoT vendors not supporting IoT real-time insights

A striking discrepancy in service offerings has emerged, highlighting a significant gap in real-time connectivity visibility. The Kaleido survey revealed that over 70% of IoT Service Providers fall short of offering their customers comprehensive, real-time insights into network operations and the activity of international SIM estates. 

This shortfall is not trivial; in an era where enterprise IoT customers are becoming increasingly sophisticated and demanding, the absence of immediate access to network data can lead to prolonged incident resolution times and, ultimately, a diminished user experience.

The question of whether customers are provided with full, (near) real-time visibility into the network yielded varied responses from service providers. Some acknowledged offering only partial visibility, limited by the extent of information exposed by their connectivity providers.

A smaller segment confirmed they grant customers complete access to network statuses, enabling a real-time understanding of every SIM's condition. Conversely, a portion of respondents expressed a desire for enhanced access and visibility, recognizing its importance in improving customer service.

This disparity in service capability underscores a critical challenge within the IoT industry: the pressing need for service providers to bridge the gap in real-time connectivity transparency.


Benefits of Advanced Management and Real-time Connectivity for Enterprise IoT

In the enterprise sector, integrating advanced management capabilities with real-time connectivity for IoT offers tremendous benefits, enhancing both efficiency and the user experience.
With IoT connectivity, enterprises can continuously monitor and manage systems and devices, greatly improving operational efficiency. This includes the ability to see what devices are online, perform updates over the air, select alternative networks for better connectivity, and adjust data transmission speeds on the fly. For example, in industrial environments, real-time data can optimize production lines, reduce energy usage, and forecast maintenance requirements, thus minimizing downtime and prolonging equipment life.
In addition to monitoring, this advanced IoT management enables smart cities to not only observe traffic patterns but also adjust signals in real-time and select the most efficient networks, reducing congestion and enhancing public transportation systems.
The combination of real-time data streaming, analysis, and device management greatly enhances user experiences across various sectors. In healthcare, it allows for real-time monitoring of patients with the added ability to remotely adjust device settings or update software as needed, leading to faster interventions and improved patient outcomes.
In the fields of retail and logistics, this integrated approach to IoT connectivity and device management means real-time tracking of goods is complemented by the ability to remotely manage and update tracking devices, ensuring better supply chain visibility, inventory management, and ultimately, heightened customer satisfaction.


Telna delivers real-time IoT

Telna's Cronus is a cellular connectivity platform that provides real-time insights for Internet of Things (IoT) and embedded SIM (eSIM) applications. It enables global end-to-end connectivity solutions for IoT/Machine to Machine (M2M), Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), and eSIM platforms.

Telna delivers a Network as a Service (NaaS), combining extensive APIs with a broad connectivity portfolio. It is designed for self-management through a modern web interface, allowing businesses to control their network access in real-time and monitor deployed SIM cards. This real-time control and monitoring capability is crucial for managing IoT devices and eSIMs, as it provides immediate visibility and management of every connected device.

Furthermore, Telna delivers an API and front-end functionalities that allow for the design of custom data packages, distribution of eSIMs, and offering of bespoke connectivity options – including real-time connectivity when needed. This eliminates the complexity of managing multiple networks and provides unparalleled insights into SIM card usage, real-time troubleshooting, and comprehensive network analytics.

To join an enterprise connectivity platform that provides real-time insights for IoT and eSIM considering Telna’s API-driven connectivity platform now. 

Its cloud-based and modular nature allows for easy integration and the addition of new functionalities, providing a flexible and comprehensive solution for IoT and eSIM connectivity needs. Get in touch here.



Telna provides Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Communication Service Providers (CSPs), and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with a fully managed global cellular connectivity platform. Telna has the largest 2G – 5G, LTE-M to over 800 radio network operators – 300 in direct partnerships – in 200 countries. Its global multi-network connectivity platform enables simplified integration to any platform and enables local break-out with localization that utilizes cloud infrastructure. With one integration to Telna’s platform, we have enabled millions of devices with multi-network connectivity, enabling innovative solutions in the cloud.