The rollout of LTE-M networks is streamlining uptake in the IoT market across the globe

International telcos AT&T, KPN, Swisscom and Orange have joined together to enable roaming across their IoT networks. The move will enable Low Power IoT devices to operate across multiple networks in the US and Europe.

LTE-M allows for more efficient energy consumption, reducing the cost of deployment and increasing the battery life of IoT devices.

Orange launched its LTE-M networks earlier this year and already offers services in France and Romania with Belgium, Slovakia, Spain and Poland coming later this year. The GSMA predicts that Europe will see LTE-M coverage extend over the entire continent by the end of 2020.

"Enabling access to roaming on LTE-M for our customers is a clear priority for Orange.  We’re proud to be among the first operators to deliver such a roaming capability to our IoT customers and more widely to our partners across this market,” said Didier Lelièvre, director mobile wholesale and interconnection, Orange.

AT&T deployed its own LTE-M networks across the US and Mexico, serving close to 500 million potential customers.

“More and more of our enterprise customers require global capabilities as they deploy IoT devices and applications. These LTE-M roaming agreements help meet that demand and make it easier for businesses around the world to benefit from the power of a globalized IoT,” said John Wojewoda, AVP, global connections management at AT&T.

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