NTT Communications to Acquire Stake in Transatel, a Global Connectivity Solution Provider for the MVNO and IoT Markets

TOKYO & PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and
international communications business within the NTT Group (TOKYO:9432)
and the Transatel (HQ: Paris, France, CEO: Jacques Bonifay), a global
Internet of Things (IoT) cellular connectivity management provider and
Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE), jointly announced that they have
entered into exclusive negotiations over NTT Com’s acquisition of a
majority stake in Transatel, and that the necessary notification and
consultation with the relevant works council were completed on December
20, 2018. After entering into the definitive agreement, NTT Com and
Transatel will proceed to complete the transaction.

The development of connected cars, industrial & consumer IoT and smart
cities, will bring major changes to our societies. This revolution is
expected to unleash tremendous new business opportunities enabling
enterprises to connect, manage and monetize their IoT services, and this
market is expected to reach $1.1 trillion by 2021*1

Transatel, established in 2000, has since 2012 been a pioneer in
deploying its own worldwide data MVNO network compliant with Embedded
SIM (eSIM*2) technology to address three key market segments:
Consumer Electronics, Automotive and Industrial IoT (IIoT). Its
award-winning SIM 901 platform has been selected by prestigious
enterprises to deliver secure, global cellular connectivity services,
authentication and network management. In addition, Transatel has a
track record of over 170 successful client MVNO launches and is the
leading European MVNE.

This transaction will allow NTT Com to drastically extend its Global IoT
solution offering. The combined synergies between Transatel’s Worldwide
data MVNO solutions and NTT Com’s Global Network infrastructure, data
center, cloud and IoT platform will bring to this alliance the ability
to provide a unique value proposition to the market.

Shuichi Sasakura, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Services
of NTT Com
: “Together with Transatel’s engineering expertise in the
IoT connectivity space, NTT Com believes that it can further enhance and
contribute to bringing about digital transformation for our customers
and partners in the IoT age.“

Jacques Bonifay, Transatel CEO and founder: “Thanks to NTT
Com, Transatel now has the capacity to greatly increase its operational
presence in Asia for the benefit of its European customers as well as
providing the ideal solution for Asian companies and other Global
Multi-National companies looking to globally expand their IoT offerings.

About NTT Communications

NTT Communications solves the world’s technology challenges by helping
enterprises overcome complexity and risk in their ICT environments with
managed IT infrastructure solutions. These solutions are backed by our
worldwide infrastructure, including industry leading, global tier-1
public and private networks reaching over 190 countries/regions, and
more than 400,000m2 of the world’s most advanced datacenter
facilities. Our global professional services teams provide consultation
and architecture for the resiliency and security required for your
business success, and our scale and global capabilities are unsurpassed.
Combined with NTT Data, NTT Security, NTT DOCOMO and Dimension Data, we
are NTT Group.

About Transatel

As the leading European MVNE/A (Mobile Virtual Network
Enabler/Aggregator), Transatel has, since its inception in 2000,
launched over 170 MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) and built a
strong expertise in Machine-to-Machine connectivity. Since 2014 the
company has offered an unparalleled cellular solution for global,
multi-local data connectivity with eSIM capabilities for the IoT market,
addressing the connected car, connected objects, and embedded
connectivity markets.

*1: IDC’s report
embedded SIM. SIM which can rewrite communication profile remotely


For more information
Mr. Masaki Nomoto, Mr. Tadashi Takayama
Corporate Planning Department
NTT Communications
+81 3 6700 4010

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