Mobile operators can monitor devices, change their configuration, and block roaming
Mobile World Congress: UROS, also known as Uni-fi Roaming Solutions, which offers global roaming solutions via its 4G Goodspeed mobile hotspot devices and global roaming platform, is at Mobile World Congress showcasing its machine to machine (M2M)-managed roaming solution.
UROS offers the industry’s only roaming solution that is managed by an M2M platform, which means mobile operators can easily monitor devices, change their configuration, and block roaming if required. With information available online to operators in real time, and no need to wait for TAP clearing, this means changes can be made almost instantly so consumers will not experience ‘bill shock’.
In recent research from UROS, which surveyed 114 operators and 2.5 billion subscribers, UROS found silent roamers make up on average over 70% of operators’ subscribers who are travelling abroad. Additionally, 86% of operators are afraid the bill shock issue might grow further with roaming in faster LTE networks, while 35% think the main solution and challenge is to offer daily bundles at low cost.
“At the moment the UROS service covers more than 100 countries globally, including key business destinations in Latin America, USA, Europe, Russia, India, Asia, China, Middle East and Africa with more countries being added regularly. UROS has nine offices around the world, enabling it to provide local support for operators,” explained Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg, CEO at UROS.
UROS helps to eradicate the growing bill shock problem via its M2M connected devices (using a Vodafone M2M SIM) and cloud hosted IoT platform, and enhances the operator’s own roaming footprint with UROS roaming services by offering day passes around the globe.
The metadata provided to operators by UROS includes where the user is roaming and how much data they are using. The M2M platform enables operators to respond in real time, adjusting daily data usage levels or throttling bandwidth if required. This data is also highly valuable for operators to better understand their customers’ data usage, enabling them to change their offers or data limits if desired.
With its proprietary technology, UROS enables mobile network operators and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) to offer large daily bundles at low cost around the globe, a service that they often cannot offer themselves, due to complex and slow transfer of billing information between the roaming and home networks.
The latest version of the Goodspeed mobile hotspot was launched recently with ZTE. With the new device, customers can benefit from 4G roaming, even without any 4G roaming capabilities needed from the mobile operators or MVNOs in their home network.