Verizon goes global with IoT eSIM platform

  • July 19, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Verizon has announced a global wireless platform that will let businesses deploy and centrally manage IoT devices across international borders.

This will leverage both native eSIM and roaming capabilities of MNO partners, including Bell Canada and Norway’s Telenor.

With Verizon Global IoT Orchestration, devices operating in multiple global regions will be able to connect natively via an eSIM profile from one of Verizon’s international carrier partners and operate like a network subscriber in that partner’s service footprint, adding the partner’s full technical, commercial and multi-network coverage capabilities and enabling methods that require local connectivity.

Global IoT Orchestration is integrated within the Verizon ThingSpace IoT management platform. Global and domestic IoT connections can be managed centrally, on a single pane of glass using a seamless API interface.

Through Verizon’s Bell Canada and Telenor partnerships, customers will be able to manage multinational eSIM connectivity in the USA, Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Additional MNO eSIM partners covering more territories around the world will be announced later this year.

A device-maker whose biggest market is the USA, but who does business throughout Europe and Canada, wants assurance that its data will remain available and its devices will stay connected around the world. With native eSIM provisioning through Global IoT Orchestration, devices can maintain connectivity across international borders as seamlessly as a US user crossing state lines, without having to rely solely on roaming in major global markets.

“The move towards global IoT reflects the reality of doing business in the massive IoT era,” said Debika Bhattacharya, chief product officer at Verizon Business. “The number of IoT devices is expanding rapidly and fleets are fanning outward, so our customers need flexible, reliable connectivity that moves across borders. With our partners Bell Canada, Telenor and more to come, Verizon Global IoT Orchestration will be able to provide that, a globe-spanning footprint with seamless eSIM IoT connectivity.”

Verizon Global IoT Orchestration is available for trials for new and existing Verizon Business customers in the USA.

“The USA is a key market for many of our global customers,” said Mats Lundquist, CEO of Telenor Connexion. “Together with Verizon we can streamline our customer’s supply chains while enabling even more reliable access to the US market. This includes local network functionality, which is a catalyst for the next generation of 5G-enabled critical IoT services.”

Michel Richer, senior vice president at Bell Canada, added: “Bell is delighted to provide Canada’s best network to support Verizon and its business customers with the seamless coverage they need for their IoT devices in Canada. This offering delivers the best service experience for centrally managing cutting edge enterprise IoT applications. And, it enables secure access to critical operational data in real time, no matter where in the globe IoT devices may be operating.”

Leveraging both native eSIM and partner roaming agreements, users will have access to the full service footprint of the partner MNO, including Bell Canada’s coverage area and Telenor’s European and Asian coverage. In total, Verizon Global IoT Orchestration will enable a service footprint of up to 200 countries and regions, combining native and roaming access from Verizon and its MNO partners.

“Our global utility customers require industrial IoT networks, platforms and services to support critical energy, water and smart city services,” said John Marcolini, senior vice president at Itron. “Itron’s decades long collaboration with Verizon on device connectivity, including harnessing the power of Verizon ThingSpace and native eSIM, will result in increased cellular IoT availability while enabling Itron to cost effectively design and deploy IoT.”