Jasper Wireless on Monday unveiled a way to make it easier for operators to form machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) partnerships with one another in a bid to remove a layer of complexity from rolling out global services.
"Building alliances is critical in the IoT market and global alliances are being inked all the time," said Scott Barkley, vice president of products at Jasper, in a statement. "However, when you're working with so many different types of enterprise customers, you also need the flexibility to be able to quickly put in place the alliances that will be most relevant to that customer. This can't take months; it needs to be quick, painless and turnkey."
Called the Jasper Alliance Manager, it is a software module integrated into Jasper's M2M platform that allows operators to set the billing, rating and settlement terms of a relationship, administer operational capabilities and policies, and manage network provisioning. It supports multiple partnership types, including resale, co-sell and revenue sharing, and aims to cut the amount of time it takes to form alliances down to days.
"Traditional roaming solutions will not provide the scale or price points to meet the coming demand for global connectivity," said Sam Lucero, senior principal analyst at IHS.
"Consequently, IHS believes that operator alliances will continue to grow in importance, and solutions that facilitate such alliances in an open, agnostic manner – as with the Jasper Alliance Manager – will be welcomed by operators seeking to serve a global M2M market with alliance partners," he said.