Overcoming the permanent roaming challenge for M2M: Vodafone deal with Datora shows one solution, while AT&T keeps its options open

06 September 2013
Report type: Research Note
Author(s): Matt Hatton
Keywords: M2M, machine-to-machine, permanent roaming, regulation, Brazil, Vodafone, Datora, AT&T
Number of Pages: 5

Many cellular-based M2M solutions are multi-national. As a result MNOs looking to support clients will need to be able to provide services in countries all over the world. No operator has a complete global footprint. The use of roaming to fill in the gaps in service is fine for some applications and in some circumstances, but certainly not in all. This Research Note looks at the various reasons for prohibition on permanent roaming, examines the situations in key markets such as Brazil and the Middle East, and looks at some of the approaches that can be taken to overcome the challenges.

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