MQTT Flex

MQTT-SN communication with flexible connectivity

Highlights

BYO-SIM: the flexibility to choose your own cellular connectivity, combined with the advantages of IoT Communication-as-a-Service

  • Keep the relationship with your preferred network operator
  • Operate in countries that do not allow permanent roaming
  • Leverage NB-IoT networks for specific IoT use cases
  • Enable long-life, low-power IoT devices via MQTT-SN protocol
  • Provides predictable cost and on-demand scalability for your solution
  • Allows simple processing, transformation, and integration of messages into the enterprise

Services

u-blox services are delivered by the Thingstream IoT service delivery platform.

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MQTT Flex complements and expands the reach of our MQTT Anywhere service by providing the flexibility to combine any cellular connectivity with the benefits of our IoT communication service.

Communication is so much more than just the connectivity. The whole aim of IoT Communication-as-a-Service is to simplify everything with your IoT project from the cost of ownership to every step along the way bringing you a predictable cost and on-demand scalability for the solution. Communication via MQTT Flex is built on the industry-standard MQTT protocol, enabling long-life, low-power IoT devices such as asset tracking, sensor networks, and industrial and consumer monitoring applications.

MQTT Flex is built on top of the foundation of our scalable, high-performance MQTT broker and powerful Data Flow Manager, allowing simple processing, transformation, and integration of messages into the enterprise.

For information on u-blox services pricing, please see our detailed pricing page.

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Why MQTT Flex might be the right choice for IoT communication:

Bring Your Own SIM

There are tremendous efficiencies to be gained with our MQTT broker and messaging platform. At the same time, cellular technology users may be content with their existing connectivity, already have a relationship with the network operator, or simply don’t want to swap to an MQTT Anywhere IoT SIM card for operational, logistical, or business reasons. MQTT Flex offers the ability to ‘Bring Your Own SIM’ card while also realizing all the other advantages of IoT Communication-as-a-Service. 

Project-required connectivity

Certain projects specify the required connectivity for the deployment. This can be the case with utility metering, where government or local municipalities might mandate use of a local network operator. MQTT Flex allows compliance to the project requirement along with the efficiencies of MQTT-SN communication.

NB-IoT technology

MQTT Anywhere uses on roaming agreements to achieve global connectivity. The current lack of global roaming agreements and slow progress toward same for NB-IoT radio technology often excludes the use of the MQTT Anywhere with NB-IoT.   Certain IoT use cases require specialized NB-IoT features, for example when enhanced coverage is required, either deep in-building or below ground. MQTT Flex brings NB-IoT connectivity to the IoT communication equation.

Permanent roaming restrictions

Certain network operators and regions do not allow what is called ‘permanent roaming’, which means the constant use of a global roaming SIM card within the country’s home network. With MQTT Flex, IoT projects can use our MQTT-SN IoT communication solution with home network connectivity.

MQTT Flex pricing is based on the number of MQTT messages used per month. There are four plans available:

MQTT Flex

500

MQTT Flex

2K

MQTT Flex

5K

MQTT Flex

12K

✓ 500 MQTT-SN messages per Thing, per month

✓ 2,000 MQTT-SN messages per Thing, per month

✓ 5,000 MQTT-SN messages per Thing, per month

✓ 12,000 MQTT-SN messages per Thing, per month

✓ BYO-SIM - choose your own cellular connectivity

✓ BYO-SIM - choose your own cellular connectivity

✓ BYO-SIM - choose your own cellular connectivity

✓ BYO-SIM - choose your own cellular connectivity

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$0.40/mo

$0.80/mo

 

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