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Deutsche Telekom expands NB-IoT roaming in Europe

Steve Rogerson
April 22, 2020

Deutsche Telekom has signed its first NB-IoT roaming agreements with European operators Swisscom, Telia and Vodafone. This brings mobile IoT roaming services to a further nine European countries.
Deutsche Telekom currently offers NB-IoT roaming in nine of its own markets. The roaming agreements address customer demand for international coverage and service continuity for their fast-growing number of IoT devices.
The company says that only managed mobile services on licensed spectrum provide the network interoperability and secure IoT connections needed to meet future demand. Additional NB-IoT roaming agreements with further operator partners are expected in the coming months.
Seamless coverage is a key factor for companies looking to manufacture or deploy mobile IoT devices across multiple markets. Roaming is therefore important for many industries such as industrial asset tracking, where containers may need to be tracked across several international borders. Other examples come from the smart metering or waste management industries, where manufacturers usually produce smart meters or bin sensors in one country but require single connectivity for these IoT devices to work in various markets.
“Our customers need a sustainable roaming environment for their mobile IoT deployments to deliver a consistent service across international borders,” said Rami Avidan, responsible for IoT at Deutsche Telekom. “This allows them to benefit from economies of scale as they continue to expand their business. 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.”
NB-IoT roaming will shortly be available across 18 European countries. These are Deutsche Telekom’s networks in Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Greece, Poland and Croatia; Swisscom’s network in Switzerland and Liechtenstein; Telia’s networks in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden; and Vodafone’s networks in Spain, Italy, Germany, Netherlands and the UK.
Deutsche Telekom’s connectivity portfolio will be updated in the coming weeks to reflect the new roaming capabilities.