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1NCE partners with China Telecom Global

Cologne-based global IoT carrier 1NCE with Telecom market leader China Telecom bridges Asian and European markets

Hongkong, 13/02/2020 . China Telecom Global (CTG), one of the world’s largest providers of integrated telecommunication services and 1NCE, Germany's leading Tier-1 Internet of Things (IoT) carrier, today announced they have formed a partnership to deliver high-quality IoT connectivity. China Telecom operates the largest Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) network in China, with more than 410,000 base stations. This collaboration makes 1NCE one of the first IoT carriers worldwide to offer a high-quality solution for seamless NB-IoT and 4G connectivity in Europe and Asia. Its robust and scalable footprint provides significant benefits to multinational customers such as original equipment manufacturers (OEM).

The multi-coverage SIM card developed by 1NCE provides the technological basis for its service. It allows for smooth transitioning between different mobile communication standards, including 2G, 3G, 4G, and NB-IoT, rendering 1NCE one of the top global providers of multi-IMSI SIM cards.

China Telecom is the only operator with mobile operations across mainland China, Macao, and Hong Kong. In partnering with CTG, 1NCE can extend its coverage and access radio networks across these regions through a single point of integration. It will therefore expand its customer base and improve its services across Europe and Asia in 2020.

“By harnessing CTG’s Tier-1 network and extending our IoT coverage to mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao, we are strengthening 1NCE’s role as the pioneer of simple international cellular IoT connectivity. We can now help our customers expand their IoT solutions to these valuable markets,” says Kim Juchem, COO at 1NCE. “This advantage allows us to offer our customers a seamless NB-IoT experience across Europe and Asia at the competitive IoT flat rate of just €10.”

In Europe, 1NCE cooperates with Tier-1 network provider Deutsche Telekom AG and has already made a name for itself as the first IoT carrier to offer fast, secure, and reliable IoT connectivity services at a flat rate. Within the first five months of business, 1NCE sold more than 1 million SIM cards and now has a customer base of over 2,300. It focuses on long-lasting B2B applications with low data volumes such as asset tracking, tank monitoring, vehicle telemetry, smart metering, and waste management. 1NCE’s flat-rate model, which is designed for the lifetime of IoT-enabled devices (up to ten years), ensures maximum price transparency and easily calculable costs.

“Our partnership with CTG underpins 1NCE’s commitment to deliver worldwide IoT connectivity with a single SIM product, thus setting a global standard,” said Alexander P. Sator, CEO, 1NCE. “To achieve this, we have to partner with the best players in each region. With CTG, we are expanding our partnership model particularly for Tier-1 network operators.”

China Telecom is the world’s largest 4G LTE FDD operator, with more than 323 million mobile subscribers as of the first half of 2019. The company has continued to invest in its 4G network infrastructure with 1.09 million 4G base stations. The IoT-connected devices on its network exceeded 150 million at the end of 2019 and continue to grow exponentially. Internationally, it provides cross-border IoT solutions for many applications, ranging from large-volume consumer devices to high-end industrial products. CTG has a wealth of experience working with global MNOs and MVNOs on various mobile solutions to meet a range of different needs.

China Telecom was one of the pioneers to deliver advance 5G network services in 50 cities across mainland China. Through its IoT services, China Telecom gives full play to 5G’s high bandwidth, ultra-low delay characteristics, edge computing, and other emerging technologies. As the region’s leading service provider, it is driving a "5G + e-Surfing Cloud Service + AI" strategy to deliver 5G industry cloud network solutions such as the Industrial Internet, smart cities, smart medical care, smart education, transportation logistics, and smart energy. Both companies will work towards supporting mMTC for future low-power applications in the 5G era.

“With market demand booming and technological readiness on the rise, IoT business makes sense to traditional carriers and MVNOs. An increasing number of enterprises are starting to accelerate their digital transformation and embrace IoT. NB-IoT has quickly become the newest mobile service trend for large-scale IoT deployment,” said Ou Yan, Executive Vice President, CTG. “China Telecom has been investing in network infrastructure to meet this demand. CTG is working closely with 1NCE to deliver NB-IoT services to 1NCE’s customers in a flexible, cost-efficient way.”

About China Telecom Global

China Telecom Global Limited (“CTG”) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation Limited (“China Telecom”). Established in 2012 and headquartered in Hong Kong, CTG connects the Asia Pacific region and the world by leveraging its abundant resources in mainland China. China Telecom has branches or subsidiaries in 42 countries and regions, 200 overseas PoPs, and more than 55.4T capacities in international connectivity bandwidth and intercontinental capacity. By tapping into its network resources of 41 submarine cables (China Telecom was involved in the construction of more than 10 of those cables) and leveraging direct connection to more than 10 neighboring countries and regions via terrestrial cables, CTG has forged its global layout of service network and network capacity. Targeting carriers, multinational corporations and overseas Chinese, CTG provides customised and cost-effective integrated communications solutions and diversified telecom services to cater to their global business needs. Its services include internet direct access, internet transit, data services, broadband, unified communications, internet data centres, cloud computing, ICT services, fixed and mobile voice and value-added services, professional services and industry solutions, telecom operation consultancy, and service outsourcing.

About 1NCE

1NCE is the first fully-fledged IoT network carrier in the world to offer fast, secure, and reliable connectivity services at low cost based on an IoT flat rate. This makes IoT applications such as tank maintenance, smart metering, or vehicle telematics affordable. The 1NCE IoT Lifetime Flat includes 500 MB data volume, 250 SMS, and free access to the 1NCE Connectivity Management Platform via the internet and API. To provide the service, 1NCE cooperates with Deutsche Telekom AG and its roaming partners as well as China Telecom Global and supports all common mobile communications standards (2G, 3G, 4G, NB-IoT). In addition to direct sales of IoT mobile connectivity, 1NCE also offers its technology to mobile network operators via a Platform-as-a-Service solution. The company headquartered in Cologne offers its flat rate almost worldwide. 1NCE GmbH was founded in 2017 together with Deutsche Telekom AG and has 60 staff in Cologne, Hamburg, London, Rome, Paris, and Riga.