According to data released by Juniper Research, 5G standalone (SA) deployments will majorly propel the number of 5G internet of things (IoT) roaming connections from 15 million in 2023 to 142 million by 2027, representing over 27 per cent of all 5G connections during the period.

The firm stated that SA networks provide greater network functionality over non-SA 5G networks, by leveraging the next-generation network cores to provide better network speeds and latency to 5G IoT roaming connection. This helps in enhancing the value proposition of a roaming model.

The research forecasted 21 per cent of global 5G IoT roaming connections in 2027 to be in West Europe. Efforts made by operators in the region to launch 5G SA networks is considered key in incentivising IoT users to implement a roaming business model. Operators in West Europe will have to form roaming agreements that leverage SA 5G networks to improve their performance in roaming connections, stated the company. They also suggested using roaming analytics tools to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and maximise roaming revenue, as they allow operators to assess the amount of roaming data generated by 5G roaming connections more efficiently and in real time.