T-Mobile picks INCE cloud-native IoT platform

  • October 7, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson
1NCEs cloud-native IoT platform distinguishes itself by its lean and scalable design.

T-Mobile in the Netherlands is using 1NCE’s cloud-native IoT platform.

T-Mobile Netherlands recently launched IoT Easy Connect, a service for IoT connectivity via mobile cellular networks on 2G, 3G, 4G, NB-IoT and LTE-M with only one SIM card. The offering is accompanied by simple pre-paid tariffs, easy online ordering and a self-care portal for sim management and top up.

For IoT Easy Connect, T-Mobile uses the cloud-native IoT platform developed by Cologne-based 1NCE following Deutsche Telekom, which launched its Business Smart Connect portfolio in August last year, also using the 1NCE platform.

1NCE has developed its technology exclusively for IoT applications and offers, besides its own SIM-card business, branded managed services for IoT connectivity to third parties via its own platform. 1NCE scores with lean and efficient structures. Its technology is scalable and easy to integrate. Mobile network operators (MNOs) can use their proprietary infrastructure and easily adapt 1NCE’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering.

“We see a growing interest in innovations for IoT services like these,” said Alexander Sator, CEO of 1NCE. “Our cloud-native IoT platform delivers cost-effective, fast and low-risk access to the IoT market. We’re giving MNOs the ability to use our platform via an API to offer their customers high-volume, low-bandwidth IoT connectivity at low costs, while they can keep focusing on their key business services.”

In the recently published report by British consultancy and research firm Ovum, 1NCEs platform offering is emphasised as exemplary for lean and scalable IoT connectivity. Traditionally, major MNOs have focused on connecting consumers, not things. While their own platforms may be highly capable and highly customisable, they are often difficult to scale cost-effectively and cannot be used to bring new services to market quickly.

Cloud-native platforms are not tied to legacy systems and infrastructure and allow MNOs to provision and update services rapidly and virtually. IoT offerings can be scaled more agile and even the interoperability across multiple clouds is given.

In July, 1NCE demonstrated this by implementing a free service for its own customers. The 1NCE IoT Connectivity Suite for AWS allows easy authentication and integration of IoT devices within the IoT Core of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and enhances battery-lifetime by automatically translating communication to leaner and thus energy-saving protocols.

1NCEs own IoT Flat Rate product is characterised by a simple pre-paid tariff that is geared towards the lifespan of IoT devices: €10 for ten years including 500MB of data and 250 SMS in over 100 countries worldwide.

1NCE is a fully-fledged IoT network carrier offering connectivity services based on an IoT flat rate. This makes IoT applications such as smart metering or vehicle telematics affordable. 1NCE cooperates with Deutsche Telekom and its roaming partners as well as China Telecom Global.