Vodafone tops Juniper’s IoT roaming vendor table

  • June 15, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson
Juniper’s competitor leader board of IoT roaming vendors.

Vodafone has been ranked as the leading IoT roaming vendor in Juniper Research’s 2022 competitor leader board.

The study predicted the global number of roaming IoT connections would increase from 300 million in 2022 to 1.8 billion by 2027, representing 500% growth.

The study ranked Vodafone Business as the leading service provider in the IoT roaming space.

“Vodafone Business is delighted to have been recognised as the leading IoT roaming vendor in Juniper Research’s competitor leader board,” said Phil Skipper, head of IoT strategy for Vodafone Business. “Our IoT platform, which delivers managed IoT connectivity, device management and application development, enables our roaming partners to actively participate in and monetise the global opportunity for IoT connectivity.”

Juniper Research’s competitor leader board tool assesses each vendor against a set of key indicators to derive their relative positioning in the matrix. These include a vendor’s capacity and capability, product positioning, size of operations, financial performance, and the sophistication of its IoT roaming technology.

The leader board ranked the six leading IoT roaming vendors as follows:

  1. Vodafone Business
  2. Tata Communications
  3. TNS
  4. Bics
  5. Syniverse
  6. IBasis

Vodafone Business has built a scalable IoT product offering, supporting device management, LPWA network services and mobile private networks. Juniper Research commended Vodafone for its application-as-a-service model, which should drive IoT roaming service adoption among SMEs by lowering the barriers to entry.

The research found that harnessing AI to detect permanent roaming connections is key to distinguishing the services of leading vendors from their competitors. By enabling accurate identification of permanent roaming IoT connections, vendors can support operators in the monetisation of these devices.

Juniper says operators must move away from the use of punitive measures and adopt a monetisation mindset, drawing parallels with grey route mobile messaging traffic reduction.