The team is very excited to announce Helium Roaming Services! Roaming with Helium gives public and private LoRaWAN network providers around the world the ability to leverage Helium’s ubiquitous coverage, enabling both these providers and their customers to expand into new markets globally.
View and Manage Data on the new Helium Roaming Services Dashboard
Helium Roaming Services allows roaming partners to view and analyze their data through the new Roaming dashboard, giving them full visibility into metrics such as:
- Packets sent by last 30 days and hourly by last 24 hours (updated every 5 minutes)
- Data Credits used by last 30 days and last 24 hours
- Remaining Data Credit balance
Additionally, the Roaming dashboard allows partners to add users and Organizations as well as enable alerts for instances such as:
- Low Data Credit balance
- Data Credit purchase made
- New Users being added, removed, or updated
- New payment methods being added, removed, or updated
What is “Roaming”?
Despite the large number of LoRaWAN networks around the globe, the IoT wireless landscape is very fragmented.
However, Helium’s extensive coverage, with over 645K Hotspots in 166 countries, means the network sees a huge amount of non-Helium packets. When network providers enter into a roaming partnership with Helium, this traffic is now able to be forwarded via the Helium Network to these partners, increasing their global coverage as well as driving usage on Helium.
Any compatible device can send data to their home network through Helium-compatible Hotspots without the need for device configurations or firmware updates.
Why Roam with Helium?
In addition to having their usage activity at their fingertips with the Roaming Services dashboard, network providers who roam with Helium benefit from Helium’s expansive global reach, utilizing the network’s aforementioned worldwide (and rapidly-growing) coverage. This in turn allows roaming partners to take advantage of:
- Access to already-existing network infrastructure with the world’s largest decentralized IoT network
- The ability to create redundancy in existing coverage areas
- The capability to enter and expand into new markets globally
- Seeing immediate ROI without the need to purchase and deploy additional gateways and infrastructure
Read more about how to get started with Helium Roaming Services in the Helium Docs.
A number of major network providers have already become roaming partners with Helium to maximize their coverage and business opportunities, including:
Roaming Drives Massive Usage
Roaming partners and their customers, such as Volvo Group, Cisco, Schneider Electric, Accenture, and more, will dramatically increase overall usage of the Helium Network and will be important drivers of data transfer rewards for Hotspot owners.
As outlined, there is more emphasis placed on network usage versus providing coverage for HNT rewards over time.
You can learn more about roaming on the Helium Network here.
Start Roaming with Helium
The launch of the Helium Roaming Services dashboard represents a major milestone for the Helium Network, and the team is excited to offer these services for network operators looking to expand their networks and connect to new business opportunities on Helium.
If you’re interested in a roaming partnership with Helium, contact a Helium Network Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more today!