Verizon and Telenor IoT are Partnering to Expand Global IoT Services


Chances are, if I had to estimate, a more-than-substantial number of readers are aware of Verizon Communications. Verizon, according to recent data from Statista, is one of the three largest telecom operators in the U.S. (alongside T-Mobile and AT&T). In 2022 alone, the company generated approximately $137 billion. Couple that with every TV and web ad imaginable (all clearly effective, at this point), and yeah. Verizon is, for all intents and purposes, very much a household name.

But, what about Telenor?

Telenor IoT is a premier provider of managed IoT connectivity services, with more than 20 years’ worth of experiences in working with local companies and global enterprises alike. Telenor IoT provides reliable connectivity and cloud services that are backed up by their export support and can be custom-tailored for both smaller and larger-scale IoT solutions.

Well, if this writer’s two cents are worth much, I’d say folks should know about Telenor, as well.

Especially since Telenor IoT and Verizon have officially announced their newly minted strategic collaboration for international IoT services.

With a joint goal of delivering standout, yet simplified IoT on an even larger scale, the two expect to action the following:

  • Expand and fortify e-SIM-based network access and service footprints.
  • Combine network assets and managed IoT resources for enhanced customer experiences.
  • Significantly boost growth opportunities for businesses leveraging their services.

Let’s break that last point down real quick.

By partnering, Verizon’s customers will be able to, per a statement from the company, “effortlessly tap into Telenor’s comprehensive network services and management in Europe and APC.” Likewise, Telenor’s customers will be able to access Verizon’s highly extensive U.S. network. A win-win, as they say.

“The move towards global IoT reflects the reality of doing business in such a 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 partners like Telenor, Verizon will be able to provide that – a globe-spanning footprint with seamless eSIM IoT connectivity.”

Notably, enterprises will also be able to manage and optimize local Verizon and Telenor profiles, empowering customers to broaden global roaming-based network coverage and directly leverage Verizon eSIM IoT connectivity services whenever required.

“This partnership really is a catalyst for the next generation of consumer services,” said Mats Lundquist, CEO of Telenor Connexion and Head of Telenor IoT. “And the U.S. is a key market for so many of our global customers. Together with Verizon, we’re able to streamline customers’ solutions and supply chains while enabling even more reliable access to the U.S. market.”

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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