Alexandre Pébereau completes acquisition of iBASIS from KPN

AS PUBLISHED BY CAPACITY MEDIA

KPN has completed sale of its iBasis wholesale division to Tofane Global, Alexandre Pébereau’s company that bought Altice’s wholesale interests last year.

Pébereau will rebrand the whole operation as iBasis, through the Tofane name will stay on for the holding company.

“We are bringing together complementary global footprints, deep commitment to innovation, and Tier 1 capabilities, and are now positioned to empower our customers’ performance and transformation strategies worldwide,” said Pébereau today, as KPN announced the completion to shareholders.

Neither Pébereau nor KPN has given a price for the iBasis acquisition – and no price was put on last year’s deal with Altice.

The deal leaves KPN stripped down to its Netherlands broadband, fixed and mobile roots, having sold all its international activities. The last to go before iBasis was the German mobile operation E-Plus, which Telefónica bought in 2015.

There were rumours in late January that Canadian investor Brookfield Asset Management is talking to two Netherlands pension funds about partnering on a potential bid for KPN. A Bloomberg report on 31 January valued KPN at €10.6 billion. Last week KPN reported annual revenues for 2018 of €5.63 billion, down 1.8% on 2017.

Away from KPN, the expanded iBasis will include the international voice carrier business formerly belonging to Altice Europe in France, Portugal and the Dominican Republic, as well as the former KPN subsidiary. It will expand its operations in the internet of things (IoT) and other services.

Pébereau claimed that the combined company is now the third largest wholesale voice operator, with revenues of more than $1 billion a year. Its 300 employees will work with more than 1,000 customers worldwide, he said. According to Capacity‘s information, iBasis’s revenues were more than $600 million a year and the Altice wholesale business had revenues of more than $400 million a year.

Pébereau told Capacity in an interview for the February-March issue: “We will keep the name iBasis but will refresh the brand. The market said iBasis has a long track record and the name is very strong in the carrier community. Everything will be under the name iBasis, for voice, for mobile and for IoT.”

iBasis will retain its long-standing partnership with KPN for voice, roaming, mobile data, transmission, and IoT. Altice Europe and iBasis customers “immediately benefit from the strength of combined markets coverage, voice volumes, and expanded portfolio of mobile data and IoT solutions”, said the company.

“Eleven months ago, in a single week we committed to the acquisition of two competitive leaders. We are proud we’ve closed both transactions and created the top-three independent carrier.”

In a statement issued to mark the closing of the deal, Tofane said: “Consolidating traffic across entities will increase iBasis’s volume by an estimated 80%, direct network operators connections to over 300, and fixed and mobile destinations to 2,000+.”

Tofane will have a “carrier consolidation strategy” that reinforces iBasis’s “commercial independence and financial agility to deliver greater economies of scale and business intelligence”.

The expanded operation will offer managed solutions including “outsourced inbound and outbound voice, roaming services, mobile-to-mobile, global infrastructure sharing for inter-company and third-party traffic, fraud management, and software solutions for real-time routing, billing, and reporting”.

iBasis said it would strengthen and broaden its mobile data portfolio, expanding services across 4G and initiating 5G deployments. It will provide “locally programmable GSMA-standardised eSIM solutions” that will support cellular IoT.

Feddo Hazewindus, who has been CEO of iBasis for three years and will remain in charge, said: “Our top priority is to enable our customers to be first in their respective markets, first across the globe, and first to achieve transformation. Powered by Tofane, we are set to deliver on our promise and on the next phase of our future.”

Tofane Global is backed by financial partners, including Ciclad and Trocadero Capital Partners, with Société Générale as its primary bank.

Tofane Global won our award for the best strategic acquisition in the 2018 Global Carrier Awards. Results in full are downloadable from here

Tofane Global Completes Acquisition of iBASIS

WITH COMBINED REVENUE TOTAL NOW ESTIMATED AT USD 1+ BILLION

• Leaps to third largest wholesale voice operator servicing 1,000+ customers worldwide

• Powers global traffic, mobile data, and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity solutions through market consolidation and investment in innovation

• Launches rebranded iBASIS as its unified commercial brand

Paris, February 8, 2019 — Tofane Global (TOFANE), the leading communications solutions group enabling operators and digital players worldwide, confirms today the closing of its acquisition of iBASIS, formerly a Royal KPN N.V. company.

Combined with its September 2018 acquisition of Altice Europe N.V. international voice carrier business in France, Portugal, and the Dominican Republic, TOFANE now owns and operates all companies, which will be consolidated under the new iBASIS, rebranded to launch at closing.

As a result, iBASIS represents an estimated USD 1+ billion in annual revenue, becomes the third largest wholesale voice operator, services 1,000+ customers worldwide, and brings together 300 employees across 18 offices on four continents.

iBASIS will retain its long-standing partnership with KPN for voice, roaming, mobile data, transmission, and IoT. Both Altice Europe N.V. and iBASIS customers immediately benefit from the strength of combined markets coverage, voice volumes, and expanded portfolio of mobile data and Internet of Things solutions.

“Eleven months ago, in a single week we committed to the acquisition of two competitive leaders. We are proud we’ve closed both transactions and created the Top 3 independent carrier. We are bringing together complementary global footprints, deep commitment to innovation, and Tier 1 capabilities, and are now positioned to empower our customers’ performance and transformation strategies worldwide,“ comments Alexandre Pébereau, Group CEO.

TOFANE powers iBASIS in three key areas:

BOOST GLOBAL TRAFFIC CONSOLIDATION

Consolidating traffic across entities will increase iBASIS’ volume by an estimated 80%, Direct Network Operators connections to over 300, and fixed and mobile destinations to 2,000+. TOFANE’s carrier consolidation strategy reinforces iBASIS commercial independence and financial agility to deliver greater economies of scale and business intelligence.

Managed solutions include outsourced inbound and outbound voice, roaming services, mobile-to-mobile, global infrastructure sharing for inter-company and third-party traffic, fraud management, and software solutions for real-time routing, billing, and reporting. Our expertise demonstrated by the fact that we manage international communication services for four major operators, SFR (France), MEO (ex-Portugal Telecom), Altice Dominicana and KPN, with exclusivity for outbound voice services.

EXPAND MOBILE DATA 

Through investments in products and footprint, iBASIS will strengthen and broaden its mobile data portfolio, expanding services across 4G and initiating 5G deployments. A pioneer in Voice over IP interoperability and a leading IPX Service Provider, iBASIS partners with 700+ mobile operators and enables global connectivity for 1.5 billion LTE subscribers across 660+ destinations. iBASIS ranked a Top Tier 1 in the 2018 ROCCO Leading IPX Network report, leading with its Open Peering, Voice over LTE, and Business Intelligence solutions.

ACCELERATE Internet of Things CONNECTIVITY

As a leading communications solutions group, TOFANE is powering iBASIS’ Global Access for Things solutions for IoT with a multi-year investment plan in IoT innovation and partnerships, as well as extending access to Africa and the Caribbean, and to French and Portuguese speaking markets.

iBASIS provides locally programmable GSMA-standardized eSIM solutions supporting the various categories of Cellular Internet of Things connectivity. iBASIS’ eSIM solutions are active in several verticals, including semiconductors, transportation, shipping, travel, tourism, and automotive.

“Our top priority is to enable our customers to be first in their respective markets, first across the globe, and first to achieve transformation. Powered by TOFANE, we are set to deliver on our promise and on the next phase of our future,“ adds Feddo Hazewindus, CEO, iBASIS.

Founded in 2017 by Alexandre Pébereau, former Orange Carriers CEO and founder of the ITW Carriers’ Council, Tofane Global is backed by financial partners, including Ciclad and Trocadero Capital Partners, and Société Générale as its primary bank. Banque Lazard, Arthur D. Little,
Deloitte, De Pardieu, and Houthoff served as advisors to Tofane Global.

ABOUT TOFANE GLOBAL

Tofane Global (TOFANE) is the leading communications solutions group enabling operators and digital players worldwide with their core strategies, performance, and transformation. As the result of the acquisitions of Altice Europe N.V. and iBASIS, Tofane Global represents USD 1+ billion in revenues, serving 1,000+ customers worldwide across its presence in 18 countries. TOFANE is addressing the USD 40+ billion international voice, data and mobile carrier market, by delivering coverage, scale and solutions to help customers perform and transform in the digital era.

For more information, please visit www.tofaneglobal.com.

iBASIS Brand to Return Under Pébereau’s Control

AS PUBLISHED BY CAPACITY MEDIA

Tofane founder Alexandre Pébereau expects to complete the purchase of iBasis in the first full week of February. He tells Alan Burkitt-Gray of plans for a relaunch and integration with the former Altice wholesale operation.

The new, expanded Tofane Global will make its first public appearances at Mobile World Congress and Capacity Middle East – as iBasis.

The company, which last year completed its purchase of Altice Europe’s wholesale business, will face the market under the long-established name of its second buy.

In mid-January Tofane’s founder and CEO, Alexandre Pébereau, was confident enough that his acquisition of iBasis from KPN that he was happy to give his first interview about the relaunch to Capacity for our February-March 2019 issue. .

“We will keep the name iBasis but will refresh the brand. The market said iBasis has a long track record and the name is very strong in the carrier community. Everything will be under the name iBasis, for voice, for mobile and for IoT.”

The Tofane Global name will stay, but only as the holding company. “Tofane powers iBasis,” he says.

Pébereau, who was CEO of Orange International Carriers until 2016, announced the two planned acquisitions within days of each other in March 2018, first the whole of iBasis, KPN’s wholesale arm, and then the international wholesale activities of Altice Europe, the company that owns SFR in France, the former Portugal Telecom and a mobile business in the Dominican Republic.

“It’s one of the fastest acquisitions in this industry,” he says of the iBasis deal. “We have done it in less than 10 months.”

The two wholesale operations will be integrated, creating a company “with $1 billion in revenues, with 30.5 billion international minutes”, he adds. “We are the third largest wholesale voice carrier and in the top three for LTE IPX. We have more than 1,000 customers worldwide, with 300 employees, and 18 offices on four continents.”

Tofane’s next target: the international voice, data and mobile market, which Pébereau puts at more than $46 billion.

The wholesale operation acquired from Altice, in a deal that was completed in September 2018, already brings Tofane substantial business in the French and Portuguese-speaking world.

The pair of acquisitions has brought Tofane – or the new iBasis – strong relationships with KPN, the former owner of the old iBasis, and with Altice’s businesses, including SFR and the former Portugal Telecom, now Altice Portugal.

“We could be much stronger in French and Portuguese speaking markets, in north and west Africa, and in East Timor in Asia,” says Pébereau.

These areas are “very complementary to the iBasis footprint”, he adds, which is “very strong in North America and western Europe”. With the addition of iBasis, Tofane will get “60-70% of additional traffic on top of Altice”.

The scope of the deals expanded even before they were complete. Originally Pébereau was planning just to buy Altice’s wholesale fixed voice business, but that was expanded before completion to include mobile voice.

Now he wants to invest in several new product segments, including mobile data and the internet of things (IoT), he tells me. “We intend to be much stronger.” He wants to build “a mobile services portfolio.” There are also opportunities in anti-fraud services. Fraud “has become not only a plague but also a source of added value”, he notes – added value, that is, to companies that offer services to combat it.

But let’s take a step back. For someone who has run the international wholesale business of a major global telco, Orange, what is the advantage of a company that is just an international wholesale carrier, with no national retail services? It’s focus, he says. “The telecoms industry has so many deep changes nationally that international services get lost in the loop. We have that focus. The international business is 5% of the business, but only 5%. The added value we bring is that we care.”

And “the international part is very complicated”, he adds. Carriers have to contend with specialised equipment as well as a different set of regulations and many different currencies. “It’s a lot to do, but the market is big enough for an international player.” There’s an extra point: “We are independent,” he says.

What Pébereau refuses to talk about is how much Tofane has spent on its two acquisitions. “All figures are confidential. We cannot comment on the price,” he says.

But “we are backed by strong financial partners, and we have the money to do it”. Tofane Global’s website lists a number of backers, mainly French private equity investors focused on small and medium sized companies.

He’s recruited Patrick George, formerly of Orange, Syniverse and BICS; Manuela Simões, a subsea cable engineer who was later head of roaming and international traffic at Portugal Telecom; Nicolas Barret, formerly SFR’s international VP; and Céline Grégoire, once at Teleglobe and Tata Communications. Technology and IT are in the hands of François de Vulpillieres, once at Nortel and later SFR. “We plan to integrate – everything about the IT and the network has been prepared,” says Pébereau. “Now we are going to deliver our plan for the investors and our customers in the next 12 months.”

The Next Step in Tofane Global’s Consolidation Strategy

Along with KPN N.V., Altice N.V. decides to proceed with Tofane Global as their trusted partner. Tofane Global has announced that it is in exclusive negotiations with Altice N.V. to acquire its activities regrouped under the “Altice International Wholesale” (AIW). This includes the wholesale voice businesses of their entities in France, Portugal and Dominican Republic. As announced last week Tofane Global sees iBasis as the cornerstone to its consolidation strategy, and now with Altice a significant milestone has been achieved.

This enables iBasis to strengthen its position and excel in delivering superior Voice, Mobile and IoT services to its customers around the world. Tofane Global believes the market is ready for independent specialists that can provide a broad scope of services that are globally available while providing cost effectiveness as well as high quality services and solutions.

Links:

Tofane Global Press Release
Altice Press Release

Enhanced Performance and SS7 Interface to iBasis Award-Winning Analytics Tool InVision

Enhanced InVision Performance Leveraging State of Art Tier 1 Data Center

iBasis has recently completed a major upgrade to our InVision infrastructure, moving to a top tier facility with state of the art security.  The new infrastructure is optimally designed to enhance data analysis and delivery capabilities.  Critical services such as proactive quality monitoring and business intelligence will benefit from increased speed, redundancy, and security.

The modern Tier 1 facility is also designed to sustain our exponential growth in mobile and IoT/M2M.

InVision SS7 Module Accessible via Same Interface as GRX/S8

iBasis has begun development of our SS7 InVision tooling to provide InVison subscribers the same Graphical User Interface (GUI) as the existing InVision GRX/S8 tool. The GUI has been designed to provide real-time visibility of your traffic performances.

Once theSS7 tooling is complete, the existing Diameter modules will be integrated in the same GUI.. With this integration you will have consolidated access to all of the different traffic types of traffic and can easily select any traffic pattern you would like to review.

We will continue to provide regular InVision updates via our email tips.  If you have not subscribed to receive InVision tip updates please email invision@ibasis.net today.

InVision Analytics Tool
InVision SS7 Module

Free Calls to Mexico City from Pingo.com

The Pingo Team sends our most sincere thoughts to all those affected by the earthquake in Mexico City, Mexico. We know that it is critical to stay connected to family and friends during this time of devastation caused by natural calamities.

Pingo users can make Free Calls to Mexico City, by using a Local Access Number for the United States, from September 23rd to 30th, 2017.

The iBasis Call Quality Routing team is dedicated to ensuring the highest call quality in response to these natural disasters. For more information, you can contact our Pingo Customer Service team via phone +1 888 878 8838, by email, 7 days a week, from 10AM EST to 12:00 Midnight EST.

If you experience any problems, please contact:  http://www.pingo.com/en/troubleshoot.do

Stay Safe,

The Pingo Team

 

 

Staying Connected During the Hurricane Crisis

The severity of Hurricane Irma is enormous and continues to cause catastrophic damage that has devastated many islands in the Caribbean.

It is critical to stay connected to loved ones during this time of crisis.  iBasis is dedicated to supporting people affected by disaster.  To help people stay connected we will provide all USA Pingo users free calling to affected destinations from September 9th – 11th, 2017.

The free calling destinations include:

  • Anguilla,
  • Antigua and Barbuda,
  • British Virgin Islands,
  • Dominican Republic,
  • Haiti,
  • Nevis & St. Kitts,
  • Puerto Rico,
  • Turks & Caicos,
  • St. Maarten, and
  • US Virgin Islands.

We send our thoughts to all those affected by this deadly storm.

COLLABORATION: IT’S IN OUR NATURE

At WAS in Macao, we unveiled a new marketing campaign with a new slogan “Collaboration:  It’s in Our Nature”. Collaboration is our day to day focus to better serve you but also our strategic focus to jointly create new solutions that will result in new growth opportunities. That’s why this collaboration is articulated around 3 key strategic pillars for 2017: Partnership + Adaptability + Excellence.

Competition, commoditization, global digitization are disrupting our world of telecommunication and technology is not the only way to differentiate and innovate. Although technology can be a driver, that’s not enough to succeed: we need to collaborate with you on solutions and move, together, toward a new and exciting era with new opportunities.

PARTNERSHIP
We help you create additional revenue streams – terminating Voice, Roaming, and IoT traffic. We develop creative business models like flexible cost structures, to better deal with roaming traffic surge or regional expansion to support LTE roaming growth. That’s why we are the Partner of Choice.

The recent expansion of our collaboration with Turkcell is just one example of how we are focusing on building win-win partnership, using our different capabilities to generate new revenue opportunities for both of us and strengthening the international communications ecosystem

ADAPTABILITY 
We enable you to lead the market by using tailor-made technical and commercial solutions that can evolve through insights gained through InVision, our powerful analytics capability.

Our service and event management team can help you cost-effectively and pro-actively manage  the explosion of data roaming expected for this summer and confidently enter the new Roam like Home era in the EU. >> Read More.

EXCELLENCE
Bring the best user experience to your customers. Our solutions are based on a single state-of-the-art IPX network focused on high-quality routes with exceptional redundancy, diversity, service management, and quality monitoring tools.

>>  Learn more about our latest VoLTE deployment with SK Telink and lesson learned to ensure the best voice quality delivery. 

We are very excited for the future and truly believe that the driving force behind our new theme, is you, our customers, how we connect, interact and collaborate, IT’S IN OUR NATURE.