China Telecom and Transatel are opening commercial services in China for inbound roaming LTE data services.
Transatel is one of the first operators to benefit from the new infrastructure via its SIM 901, a global data SIM card launched in 2015 and offering cellular coverage in over 100 countries and destinations. This agreement is the latest in the series of successful commercial deals between the two companies.
The two companies have partnered in the UK since 2011, and in France since 2013, to provide attractive connectivity options to the Chinese community abroad.
SIM 901 is the global cellular SIM card with eSIM capabilities currently commercialised by Transatel to OEMs and service providers, to enable devices with secure, ‘always on’ connectivity. The offer is based on an international MCC (Mobile Country Code), a global technical architecture, and roaming agreements negotiated individually with over 100 mobile network operators across the planet.
The size of the consumer electronics market in China makes the country a welcome addition to Transatel’s network. Thanks to China Telecom, Transatel will help laptop and tablet manufacturers equip their end users with a secure alternative to Wi-Fi when accessing the internet.
Transatel can help onboard brands wishing to offer connectivity via the Windows Store for Windows 10-equipped laptops and tablets. Future brands selling data bundles within the Windows Store will allow their Chinese customers to benefit from 4G connectivity through the China Telecom network.
This opportunity will also be available outside of the Store. Thanks to SIM 901, Transatel gives any laptop and tablet manufacturerthe opportunity to enrich its products with data bundles and become a connectivity service provider.
Xiaofeng DENG, managing director of Global Business Department of China Telecommunications Corporation said: “Transatel has helped us deploy our MVNO service in Europe. It is a pleasure to greet them today in China as customers.”
Transatel CEO, Jacques Bonifay, added: “We’re excited to expand our SIM 901 footprint with the addition of China, and even more so with our long-time partner, China Telecom.”