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KORE Acquires ASPIDER-NGI

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KORE Continues To Build On Its Position As The Largest Global Independent IoT Solutions Provider, Leveraging ASPIDER-NGI’s Capabilities Across Advanced Connectivity, ESIM, And Core Networking

ALPHARETTA, Ga. and WOERDEN, The Netherlands | December 10, 2018

KORE, the independent global IoT leader, today announced that it has executed a definitive agreement and simultaneously closed on acquiring ASPIDER-NGI, a leading provider of advanced connectivity, core network and eSIM solutions. This acquisition results in a significant expansion of KORE’s capabilities, enabling it to deliver managed connectivity services and solutions to customers to maximize their return on investments.

In business for nearly 20 years, ASPIDER-NGI provides ‘as-a Service’ infrastructure for mobile access, applications, and connectivity services, leveraging core network and value-added services across voice, data, and messaging. ASPIDER-NGI is able to provision advanced connectivity services to leading companies and carriers across geographies with its own core network. The company has also developed its next-generation eSIM Connectivity Hub to deliver global IoT simplicity and customer value.

“We are excited to announce our acquisition of ASPIDER-NGI and for Jan Mooijman and his team to join KORE,” said KORE President and Chief Executive Officer Romil Bahl. “KORE’s deep IoT knowledge, experience and global reach in providing multiple connectivity services options across multiple geographic regions, together with ASPIDER-NGI’s talented team and innovative technology in core network managed services, security, and IoT solutions – including eSIM – will provide increased connectivity control and enable our customers to benefit from unmatched IoT capabilities and differentiated, next-generation solutions and services,” added Bahl. “This acquisition also strengthens our operations and employee base in Europe and Asia-Pacific to even better serve our global customer base,” Bahl adds.

“We are thrilled about becoming a part of KORE”, said Chief Executive Officer of ASPIDER-NGI, Jan Mooijman. “Having a long-standing partnership with KORE, we see the commitment to growth and innovation, as well as a strong cultural fit around helping customers solve complex IoT and mobile connectivity challenges through core networking and managed services,” added Mooijman. “KORE brings a commitment to the market, backed by investment capability, that we believe will be beneficial, and we look forward to a very positive next chapter for our employees, customers and portfolio evolution.”

Source: www.korewireless.com

Comgate and ASPIDER-NGI collaborate on eSIM

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The Netherlands, Nov 22 2018. Comgate announced they have entered a new partnership with ASPIDER-NGI to deliver all the benefits of the eSIM for their customers. In this partnership, ASPIDER-NGI is the eSIM and mobile network technology partner, while Comgate manages implementation with customer business processes.

eSIM is a future-proof SIM Card

The eSIM is a future-proof SIM card, the most important function is to exchange mobile operators without having to change the SIM. This makes the SIM swaps a thing of the past. This is particularly important for hard-to-access devices spread over a wide geographic area, where replacement of SIM cards is not an option. With the eSIM you prevent operator lock-in and you keep control over your connectivity and decide which operators you want.

Comgate IoT Specialist

Comgate is a specialist in connectivity for IoT solutions. With knowledge and experience, the company focuses on the implementation of IoT connectivity in the customer’s business processes. By combining the technical solutions with commercial flexibility, Comgate ensures optimal implementation and integration of IoT applications.

“We have opted for this collaboration because Comgate is able to use the technical capabilities of the eSIM to drastically improve the business processes of companies and organizations. “It is precisely this flexibility, know-how and excellent support that are very important in the connectivity market”, according to Rogier van Leeuwen, VP Corporate Development at ASPIDER-NGI.

Boban Vukicevic Managing Director of Comgate:

“The cooperation with ASPIDER-NGI is a logical step for us.  “They have the GSMA compliant eSIM and their own mobile core infrastructure. This gives us access to many technical possibilities, including changing a profile on a SIM card over the air. This means that changing SIM cards is a thing of the past, especially in hard-to-access devices or devices that are delivered across several countries. We offer our customers control, ownership and flexibility in connectivity”.

 

Cisco feature case study on ASPIDER-NGI

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The challenge

As one of the leading IoT Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNEs), ASPIDER-NGI is focused on helping clients connect their millions of IoT devices. The growth of IoT devices started for the company in 2014, when the number of machine subscribers that it supported on its core network actually surpassed the number of human subscribers. According to IHS Markit Research, the growth in the IoT market is not expected to slow down, having flourished to an estimated 15.4 billion devices in 2015, forecasted to almost double to 30 billion in 2020, and more than 75 billion by the year 2025. As the machine growth on the company network continued, reductions in ARPU and the transaction volumes proliferated: all factors that forced ASPIDER-NGI to garner new economies of scale to support its client base. Its customers were also increasingly delivering critical solutions on which businesses depend for their operations: automotive, safety, security, and transportation. To service all of its requirements, the company needed a simplified mobile architecture that could scale elastically end to end securely, with machine-learning capabilities and virtualized mobile network functions, and could distribute those functions where needed to optimize how it met customer and service demands.

The ASPIDER-NGI Solution

Operators need a simplified mobile architecture that can securely scale elastically end to end, with machine-learning capabilities and virtualized mobile network functions, and can distribute those functions where needed to optimize how they meet customer and service demands. For ASPIDER-NGI it was about redefining customer business through the network and integrating with cloud services reaching them over all access types. These initiatives included acquisitions of IPR and smaller competitors; refocusing of target solutions to the larger OEMs; and, most importantly, challenging their teams for new thinking. One of the M&A transactions strengthened their OCS position to cope with increased capacity, and this triggered a complete reevaluation of their Mobile Packet Gateway and GGSN scalability. They chose the Cisco® Ultra Packet Core (UPC) solution to provide 4G/5G capability and to help better manage allocation of sessions and improved policy enforcement. The solution is fully integrated to the ASPIDER-NGI core using orchestration of both NFV and overall network core provisioning for six distributed colocations.

“We tasked our development, marketing, and operations staff to find new technologies to stimulate even more growth and remove traditional obstacles. The end result forced us to evolve our core technologies and the way that we apply them to meet our customer needs.” Jan Mooijman CEO, ASPIDER-NGI “To grow, we have to accelerate our pace of thinking, and our openness to adopting new approaches that can still provide the reliability that the industry demands.”

“To grow, we have to accelerate our pace of thinking, and our openness to adopting new approaches that can still provide the reliability that the industry demands.”

Mobile operators get a network that can give them the flexibility, agility, control, security, performance, and resilience to monetize and match the demands of new services such as vehicle and drone operation, critical infrastructure status monitoring and fault remediation, and industrial automation process control. By preparing your network, you won’t just deliver new services faster; you will be able to deliver them better, ready to realize the full potential that 4G and soon 5G has to offer.

By partnering with Cisco, service providers also understand that software-defined networking and virtualization can now enable new services that offer the following benefits:

ASPIDER-NGI IoT On-Demand Data Connectivity

How Cisco helped

4G/5G is about empowering your customer business exponentially to deliver innovative services from the mobile cloud. It’s not just new technology. With the combined ASPIDER-NGI and Cisco solution delivering the 4G/5G services and support that our enterprise customers demand with the scale, simplicity, flexibility, and agility they need. Cisco Ultra Services Platform supports Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS), which allows ASPIDER-NGI to disaggregate its cloud-native functions and deploy them across the IP network with multiaccess edge computing wherever needed to optimize delivery of content and services. Ultra also will also enable network slicing, and the Cisco IP infrastructure offers routing support and the Cisco Automation suite to make sure of the specific KPIs each slice requires. As ASPIDER-NGI customer access requirements grow, Ultra’s multiaccess function provides seamless X-access convergence across cellular, Wi-Fi, and fixed line access. This creates the flexibility for higher aggregated bandwidth, access selection to balance service quality and cost, and connection redundancy. With the combined ASPIDER-NGI and Cisco solution, we can cover your services end to end from the cloud to the device across multiple access types to dynamically adapt and deliver the best mobile experiences, giving you the ability to deliver superior flexibility, agility, and performance beyond your toughest competitor.

“We are seeing huge increases in transactions and increases in device growth. This means we have to be able to scale at ever-accelerating rates but must manage the service delivery expansion as a seamless process.” Tony Craven CIO, ASPIDER-NGI

“Innovation is a mindset that you have to continually develop.” Jan Mooijman CEO, ASPIDER-NGI

 

Source: https://www.cisco.com/c/m/en_us/network-intelligence/service-provider/digital-transformation/aspider-on-demand-data-connectivity.html

Tieto, ASPIDER-NGI boost Operator business capabilities

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Helsinki, Finland, May 29, 2018. Tieto announced that ASPIDER-NGI is using Tieto network solutions to extend their operator interconnects. ASPIDER-NGI is a provider of independent mobile solutions for managing IoT connectivity.

ASPIDER-NGI delivers and supports voice, data, SMS, multi-IMSI and eSIM products to manage billions of connections. To increase versatility, operators require better 2G and 3G networks to allow better coexistence with 4G and 5G networks. ASPIDER-NGI is therefore extending its core technology to better support old and new generation networks.

Tieto Smart Signalling

By deploying the Tieto smart signaling products, ASPIDER-NGI is able to support a wider range of operators and their various network technologies and transformation from 2G to 5G. The solution also allows ASPIDER-NGI more seamless migration between its existing SS7, SIGTRAN and Diameter infrastructure. The solution is designed to serve various operators’ technology needs and future-proof investments.

“Our IoT business requires that we have the economies of scale to support our clients’ growth independent of the underlying interconnects.” says Jan Mooijman, CEO ASPIDER-NGI. “With Tieto, we can take advantage of the latest technologies and deploy across our global data centers.”

Generation Flexibility

“Despite heavy investments in and focusing on 4G and 5G, 2G and 3G are still the backbone of many operator networks. This means that legacy network technologies need to coexist with the newer generations. Furthermore, the industry demands better interworking between fixed and mobile networks.” says Jörgen Trank, Lead Product Manager, Product Development Services, Tieto. ”We enable the full utilization of network technologies to give operators the best services possible. Our extensive experience is an enabler for future-proof support for everything an operator needs.”

“This is much more than just virtualized addition to our core.” commented Tony Craven, CIO at ASPIDER-NGI. “Tieto provides us more flexibility and security so that our clients can migrate easier between 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G. Our clients want to take advantage of multiple interconnects, and migrate on their own schedule often on a country by country basis. And they want control that is independent of the underlying network.”

“Infradata has extensive knowledge of mobile network technology and assisted ASPIDER-NGI with the search for the best solution that fits the ASPIDER-NGI needs.” says Robbie van Rooijen, Infradata. “We also helped with the rollout of the project to support interoperability requirements.”

Tieto

Source: https://www.tieto.com/news/tieto-aspider-ngi-boost-european-operator-business-capabilities

SIMPoint and ASPIDER-NGI Partner on eSIM

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The Netherlands, Feb 27, 2018. ASPIDER-NGI, provider of independent mobile solutions for managing IoT connectivity, announced a partnership with SIMPoint. SIMPoint is a specialist in IoT, M2M and Lora connectivity.

Partnership

The partnership provides full access to ASPIDER-NGI IoT and eSIM solutions. This includes instant online access, with simple controls to activate, control and analyse. The result allows partners to better manage their customers. The program provides full access to bootstrap profiles, multi-IMSI solutions, and remote SIM provisioning.

“We provide our customers with the right SIM cards for their M2M and IoT solutions.“ said Rob Lammers, SIMPoint MD. “With the ASPIDER-NGI components for eSIM & IoT, we can remove the traditional commercial and technical lock-ins. “This also allows us to add new profiles for our customers without a SIM swap.”

Control

The program delivers control to SIMPoint, so they have the flexibility to better manage their business and support their clients.

  • Own the eSIM and manage Apps and Operator profiles.
  • Activate and deactivate ASPIDER-NGI subscriptions at anytime.
  • Pay only for what is used, only on active SIMs.
  • Full control to create custom price-plans and contract terms.
  • Full pooling of usage across devices with no bundle breakage.
  • Manage preferred networks and coverage per country.
  • Add SIM applications, authentication and security to the eSIM.

“We have taken a new approach since clients demand control and ownership for IoT and M2M.” says Michel Zwijnenberg, VP Strategy & Business Development IoT & eSIM at ASPIDER-NGI. “We enable service providers to give their customers freedom and control. The result is removal of lock-ins and provides ownership of your own SIM. “Now we are adding partners to deliver localized solutions.”

Rob continued, “Ownership and control over our eSIM gives SIMPoint customers more flexibility. “Customers therefore get the options to improve solution coverage and longevity. “We are also inviting our strategic operator partners to use the SIMPoint eSIM so they can extend their market penetration.”

“Working with Trade associations like BTG showed us that resellers are well positioned to deliver IoT and eSIM solutions.” says Jan Mooijman, CEO ASPIDER-NGI. “We are therefore looking to build exclusive relationships for specific verticals with innovative partners like SIMPoint.”

ABOUT SIMPOINT

SIMPoint is a business partner of KPN and one of the fastest growing IoT connectivity specialists in The Netherlands and The Caribbean. We deliver customized M2M connectivity on Low Power Wide Area Networks (LoRa). Customized data plans, variable durations, extended security (VPNs, customized APNs) and full control with our customer portal and control center.

The partnership with ASPIDER-NGI completes our portfolio. We are therefore able to deliver worldwide high class connectivity for M2M, LoRa (Netherlands only) and soon LTE-CatM and NB-IoT. With almost 3000 satisfied customer with hundreds of thousands of sims, SIMPoint provides everything you need for your customized IoT connectivity. Curious? For more information visit https://www.simpoint.com/en/. We are more than happy to welcome you!

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OT-Morpho IDEMIA and ASPIDER-NGI partner on eSIM Solutions

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ASPIDER-NGI and IDEMIA license technologies to accelerate eSIM implementations.

The Netherlands, June 28, 2017. ASPIDER-NGI, a leading provider of MVNE, IoT, connectivity and content solutions, announced a partnership with OT-Morpho (now IDEMIA). IDEMIA is a world leader in digital security and identification technologies.

The ASPIDER-NGI is providing IDEMIA with a portfolio of fallback, bootstrap and operational profiles, SMS numbering and IoT eConnect. IoT eConnect is a preconfigured Service Delivery Platform to manage connectivity to the network from provisioning and activation to billing. The components will be integrated to IDEMIA’s eSIM and Subscription Management solution (SM-DP and SM-SR). The result is to deliver out of the box solutions to their clients which includes remote provisioning.

IDEMIA’s Gazarian

“This past year we have been collaborating very closely with ASPIDER-NGI on a range of eSIM projects and we are very pleased that ASPIDER-NGI is using our technology as part of their solution to deliver additional connectivity possibilities to their customers.” said Viken Gazarian, OT-Morpho, Deputy Managing Director of Connected Device Makers business, OT. “Our platform will enable them to create a secure connection to the eSIM integrated to the devices for the remote provisioning and activation of mobile subscriptions. Compliant with GSMA standards, this solution allows usage of the best cellular network at all times during the device’s life-time in a secure and flexible way.”

“We are seeing more and more businesses that acknowledge the eSIM technology as the best option for them to manage the connectivity of their devices and equipments in a flexible way. Integrating the subscription management with the service management is an obvious step” – Michel Zwijnenberg, VP of IoT at ASPIDER-NGI. “This means that we can deliver a more complete solution. A solution that includes all the components needed to get eSIM deployed quickly.”

eSIM: Control and Ownership

The eSIM technology is significant not just because it supports remote management of the operator profiles used, but also because the manufacturer or enterprise can use it to better manage the device connectivity. And also manage it over the device lifetime in order to get the optimum QoS & coverage depending on specific location. In addition, the enterprise can control and own the applications and security on the eSIM – and use that to distribute and manage enterprise connectivity and applications.

ASPIDER-NGI is using these initiatives to launch “eSIM eConnect” later this quarter. This product allows the enterprise to own and control their SIMs.  Our eSIM Connect also allows firms to manage SIMs using technology trusted by their operator partners.

Zwijnenberg continued: “Manufacturers and enterprises are starting to recognize the huge value of delivering applications, managing devices and tracking behavior.”

IDEMIA

OT-Morpho is a world leader in digital security & identification technologies with the ambition to empower citizens and consumers alike to interact, pay, connect, commute, travel and even vote in ways that are now possible in a connected world. As our physical and digital, civil and commercial lifestyles converge, OT-Morpho stands precisely at that crossroads to leverage the best in security and identity technologies and offer customized solutions to a wide range of international clients from key industries, including Financial services, Telecom, Identity, Security and IoT. With close to €3bn in revenues and more than 14,000 employees, OT-Morpho is the result of the merger between OT (Oberthur Technologies) and Safran Identity & Security (Morpho) completed in 31 May 2017. Temporarily designated by the name “OT-Morpho”, the new company will unveil its new name in September of this year. For more information: www.morpho.com and www.oberthur.com and www.idemia.com

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