Twilio Unveils Cellular Communications Platform for Developers

Today at the SIGNAL conference, Twilio unveiled Twilio Programmable Wireless, a new cellular communications platform for developers built in partnership with T-Mobile. There are billions of connected devices in use today and building communications applications for connected devices can be difficult. Twilio Programmable Wireless makes it easier for developers to build applications that leverage cellular connectivity and makes it possible for developers to programmatically control last-mile communications. Twilio Programmable Wireless features the new Twilio Wireless API (preview).

Twilio Programmable Wireless consists of several key features including API-driven cellular connectivity, full communications stack, and self-service. Twilio Programmable Wireless includes the new Twilio Wireless API (preview) which is a set of three APIs; Twilio Devices API, Twilio M2M Commands API, and an API for usage tracking. These new Twilio APIs make it possible for developers to enable cellular connectivity in applications and track devices directly from applications.

The Twilio Devices API allows developers to provision Twilio SIM Cards directly from applications. This means that SIM card activation, data usage, roaming, data plan mapping, and bandwidth limits can now be remotely controlled by applications. The Twilio M2M Commands API provides access to granular usage data and machine-to-machine connectivity. Machine-to-machine connectivity can be provided even in areas without data coverage or to preserve battery power. There is also an API that allows devices to be tracked directly from an application and can be used to build usage data and analytics dashboards.

Twilio Programmable Wireless features a full communications stack with Twilio SIM Cards that will fully support Twilio Programmable Voice and Twilio Programmable SMS in addition to data. Developers can now leverage Twilio Cloud for both machine and human communications. Twilio Programmable Wireless simplifies the deployment and management of connectivity by providing procurement of SIM cards via API, scalable usage model, no contracts, and transparent pricing.

Manav Khurana, VP Product Marketing at Twilio, spoke with ProgrammableWeb about the new Twilio Programmable Wireless product. Khurana explained that there are only a few options today for IoT devices to connect to the internet including Bluetooth, WiFi, and cellular. These options are not ideal when it comes to communications since they only work where there's a router. Cellular technology is a better option, however, gaining access to cellular technology can be difficult for developers since it is often expensive and API access can be difficult to obtain. Khurana said that Twilio Programmable Wireless is a unique product in that it is a cellular communications platform designed specifically for developers.

"Modernizing communications and moving it into the realm of software has been Twilio's mission from day one," said Jeff Lawson, CEO, Chairman and Co-founder of Twilio, for the press release. "With enterprises needing to manage mobility more than ever before and the unrealized promise of IoT, there's never been a better time to lift the barriers on cellular communications. Our partnership with T-Mobile opens the doors to use cases we've only dreamed about until now. With access to programmatic wireless, we're really excited to see what developers and businesses will build now that this barrier has been removed."

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