One of the chief concerns for machine-to-machine (M2M) service providers is maintaining cellular coverage for their customers across geographicregions. Maintaining relationships with multiple carriers as part of a global M2M strategy can be a costly endeavor. Trying to keep track of so many different devices, platforms and plans can lead to costly overages. And the more relationships you have, the more inefficient and expensive it usually is.
When evaluating global service agreements, M2M solution providers should take a number of considerations into account. Its important when considering global service to look for seamless and reliable coverage and the ability to control your risk and exposure to high roaming charges if youre not careful.
Additionally, you should weigh the cost of entering into multiple relationships with regional carriers that require different SIMs, connectivity management portals, and support organizations, versus the cost of a single relationship that provides global service.
A better solution than trying to deal with so many components is to consider a carrier-agnostic M2M service provider. Carrier-agnostic M2M service providers use both CDMA and GSM technologies to provide seamless coverage, wherever an organizations devices are located. While Sprint, Verizon and U.S. Cellular are CDMA operators, AT&T and T-Mobile are GSM operators. Providers that use both CDMA and GSM operators are able to deliver services around the globe.
One of the greatest advantages of using a carrier-agnostic M2M service provider is that it manages multiple types of devices through a single relationship. A carrier-agnostic provider manages the services in a way that makes everything seem seamless.
A carrier-agnostic M2M service provider looks at your unique business requirements and matches your M2M needs to your business model. In addition, such a provider understands the complexities of deploying solutions in countries outside the U.S. and is able to deliver efficient processes for certification, hardware integration and roaming coverage.
For some, evaluating whether to use a carrier-agnostic provider may not seem like a necessary decision today. But if your organization is poised for growth, considering the services of a carrier-agnostic M2M provider should be part of your future plans. As your organization enters new markets and lines up new distributors, resellers and partners, its entirely possible youll be entering the global market before you know it.
Aeris Communications provides both domestic and global GSM and CDMA service managed through a single connectivity portal, with a single SIM, backed by a global support team that is exclusively focused on supporting M2M solutions. Aeris is the only cellular network designed and built exclusively for machines, and thus ensures devices have a strongest and most reliable connection regardless of location or operator.
For any question on services, contact Aeris at www.aeris.com, or call 1-888-462-3747 in the U.S., or +44 118 925 3202 in Europe.
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