Beijing, China, and Paris, France – April 24th, 2017 – China Telecom and Transatel are opening the 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 seamless cellular coverage in over 100 countries and destinations. This agreement is the latest in the series of successful commercial deals between the two companies. They have partnered in the UK since 2011, and in France since 2013, to provide attractive connectivity options to the Chinese community abroad.
SIM 901 to inaugurate the new inbound roaming 4G data services from China Telecom
SIM 901 is the global cellular SIM card with eSIM capabilities currently commercialized 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.
In the future, many OEM brands will benefit from this new cellular data opportunity in China
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 manufacturer the opportunity to enrich its products with data bundles and become a connectivity service provider.
Transatel CEO, Jacques Bonifay: “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.”
Mr. Xiaofeng DENG, Managing Director of Global Business Department of China Telecommunications Corporation continues: “Transatel has helped us deploy our MVNO service in Europe. It is a pleasure to greet them today in China as customers—we wish them the greatest success with their SIM 901 in Asia”.
About China Telecom
China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom) is one of the world’s largest and leading integrated information service operators, providing wireline & mobile telecom services, Internet access services, information services and other value-added telecom services primarily in the PRC. China Telecom ranked 132nd in the 2016 Fortune 500 Companies, and was selected as one of the Most Admired Asian Companies as well as the one of the Best Asia Companies in terms of Corporate Governance by many international esteemed institutes for consecutive years. In December 2013, China Telecom was granted a 4G license by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, which unveiled a new era of 4G service operations in China. Nowadays, China Telecom is already the largest FDD LTE network operator in the world, and it will continue proactively promoting the 4G network construction by building a hybrid, seamless, high-speed mobile network and enabling synergic development of 3G, 4G and broadband services. In the meantime, China Telecom will continue striving to form the full-scenario network advantage and speed up the 4G commercialization so as to provide the customers with better and faster 4G services for them to share with one another a wonderful whole-new information life.
For the past 16 years, Transatel has been offering, through a technical platform and associated services, a solution helping a diversity of players meet their market for mobile telephony and data connectivity.
The company is positioned either as an enabler of mobile services in a BtoB context (Mobile Virtual Network Enabler) or as a mobile operator (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) with a BtoC retail activity. Transatel’s 5 areas of expertise (MVNO, MVNE/A, Machine-to-Machine, embedded connectivity, and multi-local data connectivity) cover the extent of possible airtime offerings, currently delivering connectivity to over 1.7M SIM cards. With 75% of its revenues generated abroad, the 180-strong company is established in France, the UK, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United States.
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 For tablets alone, of the billion+ in circulation in the world, it is estimated that 330 million are situated in China.