With the current worldwide travel restrictions the roaming numbers have dropped drastically. How do these challenging times also show some opportunities for the roaming world, and how can companies like Roamingwise and RoamsysNext contribute?
Well, countries are struggling hard with the pandemic, and it will take quite some time before roaming traffic will return to pre-COVID-19 levels. We now see, however, that operators are focusing on new revenue streams. With healthcare, remote working and supply chains anticipating to gain importance during this pandemic, we expect to see a growth in Mobile IoT connections and usage. The global nature of MIoT means that a large number of devices will roam across borders, both temporarily and permanently.
I know that the current developments have also been intensely discussed in the RoamsysNext Connectivity Innovation Forum. The regular exchange of ideas, needs and wishes between industry colleagues clearly showed the demand for cooperation and collaboration throughout the whole industry to face current challenges. I feel honoured to be one of the speakers at the next forum.
Cooperation is key to meet current challenges
We are so proud to have you at the forum, Milja, date and topics will be announced very soon. What other changes do you see coming on the commercial and technical side?
M2M roaming is definitely a hot topic because it opens up significant new revenue opportunities. But it is not only interesting from an economic point of view, it is also extremely relevant from a technical point of view. Research has shown that post-pandemic projections of M2M roaming connections have almost doubled compared to projections which were made before the pandemic started. And since the identification of M2M roaming devices is becoming more and more important to apply appropriate billing, provide transparent traffic and develop services, we created the new training “M2M Roaming”. In the course of two 4-hour sessions we discuss the features of Cellular IoT (LTE-M and NB-IoT), the value chain and M2M business opportunities. Theory is accompanied by use-cases and inter-active exercises to illustrate the M2M business strategies. With this training we make sure that roaming managers are well prepared to take advantage of this new revenue opportunity.