Any company providing M2M services must rely on roaming agreements with multiple mobile network operators in order to provide a service to multinational companies requiring solutions in multiple countries.
According to Kore, "increasingly, these roaming approaches leave customers exposed to concerns for reliability and cost-efficiency, as well as possible restrictions due to regulatory or commercial considerations in many markets. With Kore Global Connect, customers connect once into the Kore high-reliability M2M network hubs in Asia or North America to access the best regional networks for their business needs."
Kore expanded into Asia in 2011 when it acquired Australian company Mach Communications. Since making that acquisition, according to Kore president and COO, Alex Brisbourne, "It has been clear that simple, flat-rated connectivity throughout the Asian region was needed to spur M2M adoption."
He added: "Customers have neither the time, the knowledge or can afford the cost of managing multiple carrier relationships. With this new service in Asia, North American and European partners now have immediate access to a great network service at highly affordable rates."
Kore claims that its PRiSMPro business management platform, "provides a single view and centralised management capabilities of all devices throughout the world, with the ability to oversee inventory, provisioning, activation/deactivation, rate plans, technical support and much more...A single SIM can be activated and provisioned from virtually any location, providing users with unmatched control over their global M2M network and connected devices."
Telstra aims to provide a similar seamless service by making use of the services of Jasper Wireless, and through agreements that Jasper with other telcos that use the Jasper platform.
Telstra announced its agreement with Jasper Wireless in September 2010. Earlier this year Telstra and seven other Jasper Wireless customers - KPN, NTT Docomo, Rogers, SingTel, Telefónica and Vimpelcom - formed a consortium to use the Jasper Wireless platform to enable the provision of global, seamless M2M communications for multinational customers.