BEREC is organising a workshop on Machine 2 Machine communication to “address open questions on the intersection between M2M services with regulation and on the need of regulatory intervention” on the 18th of November 2013.
An important open question regarding regulation for M2M services is the lock-in that the current IMSI numbering scheme creates. The inability to switch between network operators is an important obstacle for large-scale M2M applications, in particular those are supposed to work without being serviced very often.
In the Netherlands the challenges of large-scale M2M applications using mobile networks have also been recognized. Stratix has investigated a specific solution for the issue of switching between operators for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
This solution is to use operator-independent IMSI numbers for large-scale M2M applications, based on a shared Mobile Network Code. This allows M2M operators to negotiate contracts for capacity on the commercial networks using a sub IMSI-range of this shared MNC, providing flexibility without replacing SIM cards.