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TNS says new solution makes global 4G roaming more accessible

Global data communications and provider Transaction Network Services has launched an enhanced solution which it says makes global 4G roaming coverage for mobile point-of-sale terminals more accessible.

The company says its Global Wireless Access solution can now support 4G roaming in more than 60 countries around the world.

According to TNS, the Internet of Things solution for POS terminals provides comprehensive international coverage and is currently used by retailers and deployers of large POS terminal estates in more than 35 countries across Europe, the Asia Pacific region and the Americas.

John Tait, managing director of TNS’ FinTech Solutions business across the Asia Pacific region, said: “We are delighted to be making 4G roaming coverage readily available for POS terminals. The ongoing shutdown of 2G and 3G networks is being compounded by a reduction in 3G network capacity as spectrum is reallocated to 4G. This introduces significant uncertainty for terminal owners who are presented with the growing possibility that their mobile terminals might not be able to connect and accept vital customer payments.”

According to Tait, wireless terminal providers, owners and users need to deploy 4G terminals now as they can no longer guarantee 3G coverage where it has previously been available.

“TNS’ GWA solution supports the latest terminals and can help merchants benefit from 4G speeds which make point-of-sale transactions faster, provide better customer service and enhanced efficiency. With GWA they can also dedicate more time to their core selling activities.”

Tait claims TNS now supports more than 500,000 POS and ATM SIMs globally, with its GWA solution specifically designed for the needs of the payments industry to simplify the deployment and management of wireless POS terminals.

He says in-country domestic roaming minimises coverage black spots, while direct connectivity to the TNS network allows merchants to access hundreds of acquirers and processors.

“We have created GWA to alleviate the pain points which merchants face. An advanced SIM management and diagnostics portal allows SIMs to be provisioned quickly and easily, and users can view and make changes in real time. The combination of strongest signal connectivity and data roaming provides maximum availability for POS terminals and the optional Roam+ application gives fully flexible network carrier selection based on the quality of the data connection to the TNS network.”

Tait said GWA supports pre-activated SIMs and allows bulk provisioning of SIMs, which contributes significantly to simplifying SIM management and lowering total cost of ownership.


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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).