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.

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.

iBASIS Selected by Eseye to Expand and Strengthen Its Global IoT Reach

Eseye Intelligently ConnectediBASIS, the leading communications solutions provider enabling operators and digital players worldwide, announces today it was selected by Eseye, the UK-based industrial IoT/M2M connectivity specialist to expand its global cellular connectivity worldwide. Eseye leverages iBASIS’ global private secure network and regional gateways to enable its business customers to access device data. Leveraging the iBASIS Global Access for Things service, Eseye’s cellular connectivity coverage in more than 190 countries is immediately extended to 700+ mobile networks and adds LTE and CAT-M1.

Eseye, which recently announced the availability of cellular connectivity solutions on the AWS Marketplace, required fast access to the latest network technology to ensure seamless end-to-end deployment on multiple mobile networks. iBASIS’ Global Access for Things solution results in improved IoT experience and cost benefits for Eseye’s customers, which span multinational enterprises, cross-border fleet and logistics, cold-chain logistics, and asset monitoring and management companies.

Eseye’s Chairman and CEO, Nick Earle, comments, “Working with iBASIS not only enables us to provide our customers with more coverage, newer technologies, and more destinations at a better cost base, but, by leveraging the iBASIS IPX platform, it also allows us to successfully resolve network and connectivity issues faster and more efficiently for our customers.”

“We are thrilled to enable Eseye to deliver a global secure and automated connectivity solution to all their customers,” says Ajay Joseph, iBASIS CTO. “We look forward to working with such an innovative Industrial IoT player and to facilitating IoT deployments, enabling devices to remotely and securely connect worldwide.”

ABOUT iBASIS

iBASIS is the leading communications solutions provider enabling operators and digital players worldwide to perform and transform. Powered by Tofane Global, iBASIS represents an estimated USD 1+ billion in annual revenue, is the third largest wholesale voice operator, ranks as the Top 3 LTE IPX vendor with 660+ LTE destinations and serves 1,000+ customers across 18 offices worldwide. iBASIS optimizes access, connectivity, and value-added solutions, so customers achieve high return on voice, mobile data, and IoT requirements to be first in their respective markets and in the digital era.

iBASIS provides the end-to-end Global Access for Things™ connectivity solution, delivering single source access for local LTE-M and NB-IoT worldwide provisioned through GSMA-standard eSIM/eUICC technology. The solution simplifies IoT devices connection through one unified platform for seamless, remote, programmable, and secure provisioning management and data analytics.

ABOUT ESEYE

Eseye is a global provider of highly managed global IoT cellular services working exclusively with companies deploying IoT devices. They are an AWS Advanced Technology Strategic Partner for IoT, winners of the 2017 Frost & Sullivan Product Leadership Award; joint-winners of the 2018 GSMA GLOMO Award for Outstanding Contribution to UN Sustainable Development goals, recognized in the 2016/17/18 Gartner Magic Quadrants for M2M managed services; and hold ISO 27001 accreditation.

For further information about Eseye, contact the Marketing Department at 01483 802509 or visit: www.eseye.com.

Wind Hellas Selects iBASIS for Multiservice IPX to Scale 4G Roaming

Wind HellasLexington, MA – iBASIS, the leading communications solutions provider enabling operators and digital players worldwide, announces that Wind Hellas, one of the largest telecommunications companies in Greece, has connected to the iBASIS IPX network to leverage its full, secure and scalable roaming solution. This includes LTE signaling (Diameter/S6) and LTE Data Roaming traffic (GRX/S8), to enable Wind Hellas to scale and enhance its 4G roaming services for roaming Summer spikes.

Through the iBASIS multiservice IPX network, Wind Hellas gains immediate access to iBASIS’ LTE Roaming footprint of more than 660 networks in 180 countries, which represents 1.5 billion subscribers reached via iBASIS’ direct routes. The move enables a high quality roaming experience for all roamers, especially inbound, given the popularity of Greece as a holiday destination.

With the end of roaming charges in Greece two years ago, subscribers are taking advantage of the new Roam Like Home rules, consequently boosting the demand in roaming services. Greece, one of the four top Mediterranean destinations for travelers, drives inbound roaming revenues contributing to the impressive roaming growth in the country.

“To strengthen our leading position in Greece and fully exploit our newly upgraded 4G/4G+ network covering ~95% population, we strive to provide our subscribers and visitors with superior quality and speed, wherever they are from,” said Vassilis Gkatsos, Head of Carrier & Wholesale Services at Wind Hellas. “iBASIS is a very reliable partner to ensure our service is high quality, offering a fully integrated solution for LTE roaming with redundancy. iBASIS enables us to manage the spikes in roaming usage and better anticipate traffic growth and its associated revenues and costs.”

“Working closely with Wind Hellas, we are able to offer the broadest LTE roaming reach and quality in a cost-effective manner. It better equips them to maximize roaming revenues,” said Alexandre Pébereau, Tofane Global Group CEO. “As an innovative mobile operator, Wind Hellas is taking steps to ensure that it continues to deliver the highest quality services for its customers. We’re thrilled to partner and to help leverage our IPX network and LTE Roaming solution to achieve their goals.”

ABOUT iBASIS

iBASIS is the leading communications solutions provider enabling operators and digital players worldwide to perform and transform. Powered by Tofane Global, iBASIS represents an estimated USD 1+ billion in annual revenue, is the third largest wholesale voice operator, ranks as the Top 3 LTE IPX vendor with 660+ LTE destinations and serves 1,000+ customers across 18 offices worldwide. iBASIS optimizes access, connectivity, and value-added solutions, so customers achieve high return on voice, mobile data, and IoT requirements to be first in their respective markets and in the digital era.

For the second consecutive year, the iBASIS IPX has been ranked as one of the top Tier One IPX Network Vendors, highly rated by more than 200 MNOs for its leadership, i.e. strategic and local expertise and customer oriented- ROCCO IPX Network Vendors Performance Report 2018.

ABOUT WIND HELLAS

With an annual turnover of €500 million and 1.000 employees, WIND Hellas is among the 50 largest companies in Greece and one of the biggest telecommunications firm. It was founded in 1992 and today serves more than 4,3 mil. customers with converged communication services extending from wireless to fixed telephony & ultra-fast Internet as well as Pay TV. Mr. Nassos Zarkalis is Chairman & CEO of WIND Hellas since 2009.

Believing in the power of a modern world where everything is interconnected and where everything is possible if you are connected, WIND invests 100 mil. € each year in building new generation ultra-high speed networks both wireless (4G, 4G+), as well as landline (VDSL, FTTx) networks all over Greece (Fiber optic network).

Driven by its commitment to offer its Customers an excellent communication experience, WIND is constantly evolving. Customer experience is a strategic priority in every operational activity at all contact points.