Deutsche, Swisscom, Telia and Vodafone sign IoT agreement

Deutsche, Swisscom, Telia and Vodafone sign IoT roaming agreement

17 April 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Deutsche Telekom (DT) has entered into a NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) roaming agreement with Swisscom, Telia Company and Vodafone.

The agreements will expand DT’s mobile IoT roaming services to a further nine European countries adding to its existing nine NB-IoT roaming markets.

As a result, NB-IoT roaming will soon be available across 18 European countries. These include:

  • Deutsche Telekom’s networks in Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Greece, Poland and Croatia.
  • Swisscom’s network in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
  • Telia Company’s networks in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
  • Vodafone’s networks in Spain, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK.

“Our customers need a sustainable roaming environment for their Mobile IoT deployments to deliver a consistent service across international borders. This allows them to benefit from economies of scale as they continue to expand their business,” says Rami Avidan (pictured), head of IoT at Deutsche Telekom.

“We are working hard to help accelerate the adoption of NB-IoT roaming in Europe and beyond. It is great to see the interoperability of our and our first partners’ networks now in place.”

According to the company, these roaming agreements address customer demand for international coverage and service continuity for their fast-growing number of IoT devices.

Also, only managed mobile services on licensed spectrum provide the network interoperability and secure IoT connections needed to meet future demand.

Looking ahead, DT confirms that it will pursue additional NB-IoT roaming agreements with further operator partners over the coming months.

Earlier this month, DT CEO Tim Höttges hinted at the company’s desire to acquire rival telcos across Europe.

Höttges told Bloomberg “Europe is too fragmented. Wherever I see a deal or an opportunity for European market consolidation that’s convincing, then I would always look at that with the partners.”