According to research conducted jointly by Starhome Mach and Machina Research, roaming by IoT/M2M connected devices as doubled in the last 12 months. And the demand on cellular networks will only continue to grow. They predict that by 2020, we will have as many machines as people roaming on cellular networks.
Machina Research estimates that there are currently 350 million cellular connections worldwide and this number will grow to 1.3 billion by 2021. Starhome Mach determined that the number of IoT/M2Mdevices that were roaming in 2014 doubled in one year to reach 7%of all roamers.
Why so much roaming? The demand and growth is most likely driven by global manufacturers with mobile connected devices that travel in multiple countries. With the network infrastructure as it is right now, it is much simpler to roam on the network than provisions every SIM depending on where it will operate.
According to Machina, Permanent roaming also enables M2M devices to obtain better coverage the sum of all available networks in a visited country which would not be available to a purely local SIM in the absence of extensive agreements for national roaming.
What You Need to Know AboutCellular Roming
Buyers of cellular connectivity for IoT/M2Mdevices must be aware, however, of the perils of roaming:
Different usage patterns-- Unlike personal handsets, the demand for data on IoT/M2M devices can vary significantly from minimal data and infrequent transmissions to very heavy data usage. Some companies may even have devices in the same deployment that have different profiles. It is important that you select a cellular provider that can accommodate your particular needs, can be flexible with managing different profiles, and provide optimal pricing for all.
Switching to optimal networks-- Most cellular network providers prioritize traffic to their own networks, even when their signal is weak. Make sure that you select a provider that puts your interests above their own and can ensure that your roaming devices always get the strongest network signal available. Ask your provider about the strength and fluidity of their inter-operator relationships. This is often a good indicator of the quality of signal that you will receive when roaming off their network.
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