Digi-Key agreement with Truphone lends connectivity to cellular devices

Distributor Digi-Key Electronics has signed a global partnership with SIM software provider, Truphone, to offer IoT connectivity to manufacturers worldwide. The partnership will provide customers with connected cellular devices and a fully managed service.

Digi-Key will use Truphone’s SIM technology, allowing users to connect IoT devices to network providers from the moment they switch on the device on. The technology requires no complicated activation process, it is connectivity from the touch of a button, confirms Digi-Key.

The partnership will provide manufacturers of all sizes with industry-leading IoT connectivity services starting with device and application management. The Truphone network supports 2G, 3G, 4G and CAT-M1/LTE-M worldwide with a single SIM card and gives every customer access to its IoT Connectivity Management platform.

Truphone’s simple prepaid SMS and data plans (which provide coverage in multiple countries across a three year period) simplify the connectivity process, says Digi-Key, allowing manufacturers to focus on building an application.

Ralph Steffens, CEO at Truphone, said: “For us, the catalyst to spark the IoT starts with connectivity. The more we can streamline the process of connecting IoT devices, the easier it will be to reach its full potential”.      

“We are excited to partner with a leader in cellular connectivity like Truphone,” said Robbie Paul, director of IoT business development for Digi-Key. “The connectivity services industry is going through radical changes with the advent of 5G and the proliferation of IoT devices. Truphone allows for true worldwide coverage with one SIM card that can be purchased from Digi-Key, along with the associated hardware, giving . . . the flexibility to monitor and manage their IoT devices in real time, from anywhere in the world.”   

Truphone believes that connectivity can be easier, smarter and more efficient. Since 2006, Truphone has built SIM software, intuitive management platforms and a powerful global network. Headquartered in London, Truphone has 12 offices across four continents.

Digi-Key Electronics is headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA. It is an authorised global, full-service distributor of electronic components, and provides access to unlimited adjacent products and technologies through the company’s online Marketplace. They offer more than 10.2 million components, with over 2.2 million, in stock and available for immediate shipment.


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