Japan’s SoftBank Partners with 1nce as Carriers Expand Operations beyond Home Markets: What Are the Benefits for Carriers and Mobile Virtual Network Operators?

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By Abdullah Haider | 3Q 2022 | IN-6618


1nce Seeking to Cultivate Both Financial and Non-Financial Partnerships


German startup 1nce, an Internet of Things (IoT) Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) that first came onto the scene with its disruptive IoT flat-rate pricing model, has recently announced a new round of investment from Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). These include Deutsche Telekom and Japanese carrier SoftBank Corp. Beyond the financials is a key operating trend that is notably gaining steam in the MVNO space. This trend is the use of the carrier partnership (with a player like SoftBank) to facilitate carrier operations outside of the home market. 1nce facilitates SoftBank by allowing it to provide connectivity as an international MVNO in Asia-Pacific markets other than countries where SoftBank has rights to radio spectrum licenses and physical Radio Access Networks (RANs) (in Japan). This partnership allows the Japanese MNO to operate outside of its core MNO markets, as an international MVNO in peripheral countries.

A Win-Win for Carriers and MVNOs


Partnerships between MVNOs and carr…

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