It’s a great time to be an MVNO was the key takeaway from our recent interview with Pod Group USA (Also known as Pod M2M) – the company has been busy building it’s partner program and carrier network since we last met them. We had a chance to speak with Sam Colley, Allistair Elliott and Natasha Nader at the company and they told us they now have over 17 hardware manufacturers and major carrier partners as well. T-Mobile, Rogers, Sprint and Ingenu are on and AT&T will be signing soon they said.
Their revenue model varies – they can have a lead-share model or it can be commission based or even white label where partners resell the connectivity.
They now have partners to help with intrusion detection and malware and are looking to leverage their billing platform and subscriber management systems. Their customers could then provide a device-management service on a per-device basis and not have to build their own system.
In this way an operator who doesn’t have a platform can bill and rate can up and running quickly.
They are growing quickly and hope to continue to do so – 20 new hardware partners were added in the last year for example. While the company says it is a great time to be an MVNO, they aren’t standing still – they are differentiating through their billing platform, R&D and expect to see LP-WAN as part of their solution soon.
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