ROCCO IPX Report Results Are In

ROCCO’s annual IPX Vendor Performance survey results are in. Let’s take a look at the results, including how iBASIS has ranked as Tier 1 IPX for the third year in a row, has the highest general rating of all, and was ranked as number 1 on ‘Most Trusted IPX Partner.’

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iBASIS Chosen by Simfony for Global eSIM Connectivity Solutions

  • Selection follows two-year analysis of best capabilities in the eUICC market
  • Integrated in Q2, traffic and usage rapidly growing across verticals
  • Simfony MVNO customers enabled to launch and grow IoT services globally

Simfony Lexington, MA – iBASIS, the leading provider of communications solutions for operators and digital players worldwide, today announced that Simfony, the leading IoT PaaS provider and MVNE, selected and integrated iBASIS Global Access for Things service into its real-time IoT platform and core network. Through the collaboration, Simfony powers its Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) customers by unlocking the opportunity to supply end-to-end IoT connectivity solutions. It enables newcomers with a lower entry point into M2M revenues and providers with a more competitive path to expand and drive their own branded mobile and IoT offerings.

The move capitalizes on M2M connectivity and IoT growth driving the MVNO market, which is expected to exceed US$74 Billion by 2024. The number of IoT devices in use is projected to reach about 20.5 billion by 2020.

The iBASIS global IoT service using eUICC technology and Simfony Platform integration was completed in Q2. Both members of GSMA, the companies’ technology stacks aligned with engineering teams building upon the same terminology. Since it went live, service usage has grown rapidly. The solution has already expanded across use cases spanning maritime, energy, and ocean cleaning applications. With iBASIS, Simfony’s customers not only gain realtime deployment abilities, but also best-of-market global data rates, while using an automated self-service portal to manage and monitor their eSIMs in real-time.

Joachim de Wild, CEO of Simfony, comments, “We have investigated the eUICC market for the past two years, concluded that iBASIS is by far the most advanced partner in the field. We are impressed by the capabilities and expertise of its team. Together iBASIS’ eSIM global connectivity and our pay-as-you-grow model enable our customers to launch their IoT MVNO without the need for high upfront commitments. They can now be more competitive on global data rates, scale up to large volumes, and be in control using our self-service platform.”

Ajay Joseph, CTO, IoT & Technology for iBASIS, adds, “Our deployment with Simfony exemplifies the power of our Global Access for Things service. Integration was rapid and precise, and service established seamlessly. This is game changing. It makes the best possible global connectivity and eUICC technology available to the fastest growing segment of the communications market. Applications in new verticals, such as energy and ocean cleaning, reinforce the true versatility and power of our global IoT connectivity solution. We look forward to further deployments worldwide and an ever-stronger relationship with Simfony.”

ABOUT SIMFONY
Founded with the mission to enable the next generation of IoT applications, Simfony’s products help communication service providers benefit from a new and fast growing market created by an increasingly connected life. Simfony provide a multitier, managed, mobile core network focused on M2M use cases, together with powerful OSS/BSS management features and innovative data analytics capabilities. www.simfony.com.

ABOUT iBASIS
iBASIS is the leading communications solutions provider enabling operators and digital players worldwide to perform and transform. Powered by Tofane Global, the new iBASIS is the first independent communications specialist, ranking third largest global wholesale voice operator and Top 3 LTE IPX vendor with 660+ LTE destinations.

With the integration of Tofane’s acquisition of the Altice Europe N.V. international voice carrier business in France, Portugal, and the Dominican Republic, iBASIS today serves 1,000+ customers across 18 offices worldwide.

iBASIS provides the end-to-end Global Access for Things™ connectivity solution, delivering single source cellular IoT access (LTE,  LTE-M and NB-IoT) worldwide provisioned through GSMA-standard eSIM/eUICC technology. The solution simplifies IoT device connection through one unified platform for seamless, remote, programmable, and secure communication. For more information, please visit www.iBASIS.com.

iBASIS, Powered by Tofane Global: Keeping Promises and Our Customers First

ITW 2018’s hallways were filled with the buzz that an emerging newcomer, Tofane Global (“TOFANE”), was about to propel itself as a leading global operator with two back-to-back announcements for major acquisitions: SFR International Carrier Services, MEO International Carrier Services and Altice Dominicana International Carrier Services of Altice N.V., and iBASIS, a subsidiary of Royal KPN N.V.

On September 13, 2018, TOFANE completed its acquisition of the international voice carrier business of Altice Europe N.V.

On February 8, 2019, TOFANE confirmed its closing of the iBASIS acquisition, making the company a leading communications solutions group overnight and enabling operators and digital players worldwide.

Within six months, Group CEO Alexandre Pébereau, achieved the ambitious plan to own and operate both companies under the new rebranded iBASIS, with all companies together representing an estimated USD 1+ billion in annual revenue, leaping to the third largest wholesale voice operator, working with 1,000+ customers worldwide and 300 employees across 18 offices on four continents.

Through the M&As, TOFANE ensured that iBASIS retained its long-standing partnership with KPN for voice, roaming, mobile data, transmission, and IoT.  Immediately, Altice Europe N.V. and iBASIS customers received the benefit from combined market coverage, voice volumes, and an expanded portfolio of mobile data and Internet of Things solutions.

M&As AND INTEGRATION AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT

Through the acquisition, traffic consolidation across merged entities has:

  • Expanded Direct Network Operators connections to over 300
  • Increased fixed and mobile destinations to 2,000+
  • Increased the international voice business by:
    • Doubling traffic volume, including a third in retail traffic
    • Adding + 80 new interconnects

With the objective to become a single consolidated network by the end of 2019, iBASIS already completed alignment of financial accounts, pricing development, routing strategies and building capacity, while growing the business, managing margin risk, and minimizing provisioning and resources planning on both sides of the process. iBASIS has taken a commercially-led approach to consolidation, including:

  • Maintaining flexibility to support multiple billing entity requirements of our global business relationships
  • Investing in the iBASIS network to accommodate expansion beyond the current combined volumes and
    forecast growth
  • Evaluating partner commercial simplification and legal entity obligations for a partner consolidation and interconnect plan enabling prompt migration and avoiding contractual changes

Ninety-five per cent of partners have been contacted and are engaged with iBASIS to build any required new trunks and to complete a swift migration to a simplified operating model.

POWERED PARTNERSHIPS, PORTFOLIO AND BUSINESS MODELS

Within weeks of the iBASIS acquisition and the consolidation of assets, the company announced a series of new partnerships powering its portfolio with new offerings and integrated solutions.

Within the first five months, iBASIS confirmed broadening its offering through strategic relationships with:

Qroam, the first wholesale roaming trading platform, to enable its mobile customers with easier access to attractive commercial roaming rates (Inter Operator Tariffs) for medium to smaller roaming volumes in a more efficient and automated way

AMEEX Mobile Exchange, a global independent provider of SMS solutions for mobile operators and enterprises, to launch a suite of end-to-end Mobile Messaging solutions to enhance the monetization of SMS

Eseye, the UK-based industrial IoT/M2M connectivity specialist, expanding its global cellular connectivity leveraging iBASIS’ global private secure network and regional gateways to enable its customers to access device data

Mobileum, the leader in roaming and analytics solutions for telecom business transformation, delivering value-added roaming services like Steering of Roaming, Signaling Firewalls, Border Roaming Management, and Virtual Home Environment

Nordic Semiconductor, the market leader in Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity, selecting iBASIS for global LTE-M and NB-IoT delivering ultra-easy, automatic, and instant cellular IoT connectivity when using its nRF9160 SiP module

iBASIS is also strengthening its engagement with leading industry groups dedicated to fighting fraud. An anchor member in the joint initiative of the ITW Global Leaders Forum (GLF) and i3Forum. iBASIS is committed to implementing the I3F Code of Conduct (CoC), in which the GLF endorsed four KPIs identified by the i3Forum for international carriers to adopt a standardized approach to the measurement of fraud on their networks.

CUSTOMERS FIRST TO THE FUTURE

iBASIS is taking the lead in developing key solutions to fight new waves of fraud and unconventional telecoms usage, address new monetization opportunities and meet the demands of a 5G future.

iBASIS is implementing a series of key initiatives to optimize anti-fraud, risk management and business assurance across its entire portfolio. New specialists hired to lead the strategy across the group include Malick Aissi, Vice President of Business Assurance and Risk Management Services, and Bruno Coindre, Vice President, Messaging Solutions.

It is helping customers to capture and secure revenues from massive growth in A2P (Application to Person) messaging volumes expected to increase by 20% year on year over the next 4 years, by offering a CAPEX-free solution deployable in weeks.

On the strength of its 4G leadership and partnerships with KPN, Portugal Telecom, SFR, and Altice Dominicana, iBASIS continues to build close relationships with mobile operators, helping them through their transformation agenda and the challenges of 5G evolution.

RECOGNITION AND EVOLUTION

In October 2018, TOFANE won “Best Strategic Acquisition” at the 14th Global Carrier Awards. The recognition followed by the 2019 Verizon Partner Summit recognition for “Excellence in Solutions Delivery and for Most Innovative Program,” as well as “Best Innovative Acquisition of the Year” and “Best IPX Service Provider” at the 2019 Global Carrier Community Awards in May.

The year of kept promises has delivered on each and every goal set forth through the complex acquisition and integration process. What’s more, the new partnerships and solutions emerging have set the tone for iBASIS to continue to put their customers first, so they can be first in achieving their own ambitions.

ABOUT iBASIS

iBASIS is the leading communications solutions provider enabling operators and digital players worldwide to perform and transform. Powered by Tofane Global, the new iBASIS is the first independent communications specialist, ranking third largest global wholesale voice operator and Top 3 LTE IPX vendor with 660+ LTE destinations. With the integration of Tofane’s acquisition of the Altice Europe N.V. international voice carrier business in France, Portugal, and the Dominican Republic, iBASIS today serves 1,000+ customers across 18 offices worldwide.

For more information, visit www.iBASIS.com.

Troubling New Trends in A2P… and a Way Forward

A2P TechnologyThe volume of A2P (Application-to-Person) messaging is expected to increase by 20% year-on-year over the next 4 years, skyrocketing to more than 2.7 trillion by 2022 (Juniper Research). In addition to “historical” messaging aggregators, new industry players have shown a great deal of interest in this trend, and are openly pursuing unconventional solutions to deliver SMS.

This has been an unexpected turn of events, catching many MNOs off guard and leaving them ill-equipped to properly capture incremental business value from A2P – with astounding estimated losses of $10M in earnings on average per operator, per year (MobileSquared). Beyond revenue leakages and QoS issues, MNOs and their subscribers are increasingly exposed to spam, scam, doxing, unsolicited content reception, and harrowing new exposures to liability.

Liability explosion

Previously hidden, grey offers are now openly marketed and accessible to all SMS players. Many A2P originators and aggregators use grey routes for the cheapest termination into MNO, sometimes as the only way to continue existing in this ecosystem.

Additionally, SIMBoxing – or the use of machines that house multiple SIM cards to bypass genuine termination and feign quality – is also exploding in SMS and voice. SIMBox Farmers are actively (and creatively!) targeting this arena, and to counter their practice, it requires intense coordination.

Finally, the fact that international and domestic P2P accesses are often not properly monitored, the entrance of questionable players and the reselling of international numbers, and GTs (Global Titles) by some MNOs add to the instability mix – each taking its toll on A2P traffic integrity and revenue capture.

Ultimately, with less control of senders, subscriber protection is at stake, raising real and pressing concerns for MNOs.

The (very) thin line between “fraud” and vulnerability

SMS revenue leakage is frequently the result of players using the benefit of backdoors left open or other vulnerabilities, rather than “fraud” per se. A2P SMS firewall vendors and “monetization” players struggle to cover 100% of leakage because of inherent challenges in the MNO setup, which include:

  • Improper coordination of SMS access resulting in inability to counter spam, fraud, spoofing, faking content
  • A fragmented A2P originator universe and the pressure it places on inter-connection and control
  • Unclear role of current SMS hubs, domestic interconnections and SMS wholesale access, resulting in traffic imbalances through the blending of A2P and P2P and partners delivering/reselling their SMS access to the market
  • Overlooked SMS business management (that was not expected to boom as such), resulting in complicated and challenging internal legacies (business and organizational)

Closing the liability gap

The main challenge (and the future) we foresee and address is in identifying the sender and assigning it liability for the content delivered.

iBASIS is working to empower customers with its A2P Managed Firewall/A2P Monetization and Subscribers Protection capabilities, top 3 world class ranking in Wholesale Business Assurance, and a mission to reduce fraudsters’ business impacts through a “zero tolerance” environment.

But, most importantly, MNOs need to permanently ask themselves the hard questions: do I offer an efficient A2P direct access? Do I have an adequate firewall in place? Am I protecting my subscribers from unsolicited SMS services? Am I sure? Over time, and if not efficiently done, this may become even more expensive than the monetization at stake.

Bruno Coindre is Vice President Messaging Solutions for iBASIS, responsible for the development of the messaging solutions portfolio for the company worldwide. Bruno has a wealth of experience in telecom, FinTech and entrepreneurial tech ventures. Identifying high growth opportunities and fast changing environments, Bruno joined iBASIS post its acquisition by Tofane Global to set the strategic path and commercial strategy for iBASIS’ messaging suite.

ABOUT iBASIS

iBASIS is the leading communications solutions provider enabling operators and digital players worldwide to perform and transform.

Powered by Tofane Global, the new iBASIS is the first independent communications specialist, ranking third largest global wholesale voice operator and Top 3 LTE IPX vendor with 660+ LTE destinations. With the integration of Tofane’s acquisition of the Altice Europe N.V. international voice carrier business in France, Portugal, and the Dominican Republic, iBASIS today serves 1,000+ customers across 18 offices worldwide.