When it comes to IoT, you want to be able to use your devices globally. Your solution might be operating in many different areas of the world, or your company may be growing, and you want to ensure you are able to operate globally in the future. Having the right roaming agreements in place ensures that you will have the capabilities you need.
At Tele2 IoT we are hard at work on increasing the LTE-M roaming footprint, together with the Tele2 roaming department, as well as other operators. But while LTE-M is available to our customers in some regions, it is not yet available everywhere. Why is that? The bottom line is that we want to make sure certain LTE-M features are functioning and approved by the different operators we have agreements with. For example, we are carefully testing power saving mode before launching in a market, because this is a key feature of LTE-M for our customers. We’re basically doing a sanity check on the roaming networks – we know a lot of our customers are very eager to use LTE-M and they want to use it in many different markets so rolling it out in a controlled way ensures that it works as it should and also that we don’t run into problems down the road – and that our customers don’t either. To put it another way, customers want the advantages of LPWA (low-power, wide area) technology, and we want to offer it to them.