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04 Dec 2017
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Michael A. Neuman named Executive Chair of global telecom, Telna-KnowRoaming

Telna-KnowRoaming Setting the Global Standard in SoftSIM technology and

Internet-of-Things Wireless Network Connectivity

TORONTO, Ontario — February 16, 2017 — Telna-KnowRoaming announced today that veteran telecommunication business leader Michael A. Neuman has been named Executive Chair of the global telecom business. Neuman has a 30-year track record of starting and driving technology, telecom and broadcasting businesses from early stage through high growth and profitability in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. This addition to the executive team will help Telna-KnowRoaming deliver on its mandate to become the global standard for ‘SIM free’ Multi-IMSI wireless networks, providing low cost, SIM-free connectivity for any wireless device to every wireless network, worldwide.

“I am excited to be joining a hyper-innovative company that is delivering mobile SIMs as software with a preloaded app that integrates with Qualcomm or Mediatek baseband in any wireless device enabling the distribution of billions of SIMs at no cost, creating a new revenue opportunity for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) by providing connectivity for their smartphones, tablets, watches and IOT or M2M devices,” said Neuman. “Telna-KnowRoaming operates a full wireless network and owns spectrum in the USA giving it international recognition and GSMA membership. The company’s Multi-IMSI protocol, hundreds of roaming agreements worldwide, and dynamic billing API enables OEMs to provide network services without having to make any investment into network infrastructure – essentially making them service providers.”

“We are thrilled to have access to Michael’s global management and telecom expertise in our management team,” said Telna-KnowRoaming CEO, Gregory Gundelfinger. “The world’s smartphone, tablet and IOT OEMs are under enormous pressure to create new revenue sources and our technology provides that. KnowRoaming SoftSIM technology has no distribution costs and is activated through a preloaded app, which eliminates the requirement for a physical SIM card. The company has used the technology to offer low cost roaming to its enterprise, consumer and wholesale customers (MVNOs). These applications alone have enabled KnowRoaming to contract for distribution of more than 300 million SoftSIMs over the next three years. The company’s largest opportunity now materialising is M2M and IOT, where the advent of the SoftSIM together with our Multi-IMSI network offers significant cost, distribution, management and connectivity advantages to networks and end users. SoftSIM also enables mobile networks to participate in the vast roaming opportunity in their prepaid customer base, which is 77% of all wireless users globally.”

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About Michael A. Neuman – Michael Neuman is Managing Director of Elevest Corporation, a consulting firm engaged in the provision of capital and management resources to early stage technology companies. Mr. Neuman has enjoyed a thirty year C-level executive career in roles spanning business-to-business and consumer products and services in Canada, U.S. and Europe, in public and private companies ranging from start-up to Fortune 500. Mr. Neuman has led companies through significant change including turnaround, reorganization, sale/merger as well as very high growth in satellite TV, internet and wireless. Mr.Neuman’s previously held President or CEO positions include EchoStar Corp.; Bell Mobility; Bell ExpressVu; iaxis inc.; Teleglobe Europe; WorldLinx Telecom; Cerberus Canada and V Band Corporation.

About Telna

Telna is a US-based GSMA member and full mobile network operator that provides international roaming with top-tier owned and partner networks worldwide. Telna offers the lowest access rates through its innovative Multi-IMSI technology that can be leveraged by MVNOs, MNOs, OEMs, enterprises, and consumers. Telna’s core offering is its trading platform, which enables mobile networks to offer access to their roaming agreements and generate additional revenue. Through Telna’s platform, customers gain worldwide access to the lowest rates, so networks, people, and devices can enjoy mobile connectivity beyond borders. Learn more at www.telna.com.

About KnowRoaming

KnowRoaming delivers truly end-to-end solutions for global connectivity. For consumer, corporate, and enterprise customers, KnowRoaming offers flexible delivery mechanisms, customizable management platforms, and a global mobile network. KnowRoaming launched the world’s first Global SIM Sticker in 2013 and has since developed new industry-disrupting innovations: the

KnowRoaming IoT Connect, the KnowRoaming Global Hotspot, the KnowRoaming SoftSIM Platform, and the KnowRoaming SIM Card. Each product includes fully transparent, real-time management tools that can be tailored to customers’ needs. KnowRoaming has coverage in 200+ countries at rates up to 85% lower than carriers. KnowRoaming is a technology company focused on innovation and customer experience. Learn more at www.knowroaming.com.

 

Contact:

[email protected]

 

Louise Stein

Director of Communications, KnowRoaming  [email protected]

 

Lisa Cimini

Communications Coordinator, KnowRoaming [email protected]

 

Meet Gregory and Michael at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by pre-arrangement or at the KnowRoaming booth: Hall 1, booth 1A7.

Attached: Backgrounder – Michael A. Neuman

 

BIO – Michael A. Neuman                                      

 Michael Neuman has enjoyed a unique and successful career in C-Level executive leadership roles spanning B-B and consumer products and services based in Canada, U.S. and Europe, in businesses ranging from start-up to Fortune 500. Mr. Neuman has led companies through significant change including turnaround, re-organization, sale/merger as well as very high growth in satellite TV, Internet and wireless, cornerstones of today’s digital economy.

Michael Neuman is Managing Director of Elevest Corporation (www.elevest.ca), a firm engaged in the provision of advisory services to technology companies, following a 25 year career operating companies in North America and Europe. Prior to Elevest, Neuman was CEO of MEC Corp., to undertake a turnaround and restructuring. Before MEC, Mr. Neuman was President and COO of Fortune 300, EchoStar Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH) in the United States, the second largest satellite TV operator in the U.S. and President of Bell Mobility, a major Canadian wireless telecom company.

During his tenure at Bell Mobility, the company enjoyed unprecedented growth relative to competitors in the Canadian wireless industry, leading the market in net additions, share growth, service revenue growth and EBITDA, while improving churn to the lowest levels of any nationally operating wireless company in North America. Neuman oversaw the first significant data growth in wireless including acquisition, licensing and distribution of multimedia communications and entertainment services on wireless devices. With Sir Richard Branson, Mr. Neuman initiated the Virgin Mobile MVNO in Canada, bringing that successful business to market in 2005.  Neuman was a member of the Board of Directors of the Cellular Telecom Industry Association (CTIA) of America.

Mr. Neuman held the post, President EMEA with Teleglobe in London in 2001 and prior to that was the CEO of early stage European telecom operator iaxis, which built a 12,000 mile fiber network through the major capitals of Europe, prior to its sale in 2000.

From 1995 through 1999, Mr. Neuman formed and led the fund raising for ExpressVu, a satellite TV venture in Canada which launched a consumer satellite TV service nationwide in 1997. Under Mr. Neuman’s leadership, ExpressVu (later, Bell ExpressVu and Bell TV) became the fastest growing broadcast distributor in Canadian history and is now the third largest broadcaster among cable and satellite operators in Canada, with a market value of over $2B. Neuman led ExpressVu through the development and licensing of the first competitive pay-perview business in Canada and launched what was then the first and only internet-via-satellite offering in Canada.

In the internet arena, Mr. Neuman founded data communications marketer WorldLinx Telecommunications Inc. in the early 1990’s, which built and operated Canada’s first national shared IP network. WorldLinx then amassed feature film content from Canadian copyright owners and conducted Canada’s first trials to distribute movies over copper wires by xDSL in 1993 in Mississauga. This early pioneering effort led BCE to commission The Beacon Initiative which Neuman led. Beacon represented BCE’s vision and earliest investments in multimedia content and infrastructure including television and internet. To execute on this vision, under Neuman’s leadership WorldLinx spawned a new company, MediaLinx, which in turn launched Sympatico, now the largest Canadian internet portal.

15 Sep 2017
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Telna-KnowRoaming and Meizu partner to offer expanded global data roaming coverage to Meizu customers

ZHUHAI, China — September 15, 2017 — Telna-KnowRoaming, a vertically-integrated network-as-a-service (NaaS) provider of global connectivity and mobility solutions, and Meizu, a leading smartphone manufacturer, today announced their partnership to offer expanded global LTE/4G/3G data coverage through Meizu’s international data roaming solution. As a result, Meizu customers in mainland China can now enjoy low-cost data roaming in even more regions around the world including countries in the Middle East and Latin America. The popular travel destinations added include India, Colombia, Mexico, and the UAE.

Telna-KnowRoaming operates its own mobile network infrastructure and has direct access agreements with 800+ networks with coverage in 200+ countries/territories. Combined with its proprietary software-defined-network technology and Multi-IMSI platform, Telna-KnowRoaming is uniquely positioned to provide access to multiple top-tier networks per country/region, thereby offering increased redundancy, coverage, and reliability to the end-user.

According to Marc Weber Tobias for Forbes.com, “KnowRoaming is a tech company that has figured out how to make your smartphone even smarter when you travel overseas.”

Meizu smartphone users in mainland China can conveniently connect to low-cost international data directly from the settings menu of Meizu’s intelligent, feature-rich operating system, Flyme 6. Users can manage their roaming usage in real-time and purchase pre-paid data packages – giving Meizu customers in mainland China unprecedented control over their roaming costs.

“The integration of Telna-KnowRoaming global network connectivity into our products enhances the value-added services we offer our customers by providing an easy, affordable and reliable way to roam in more countries around the world,” said Zhang Donghui, Vice-General Manager of Meizu Roaming Services.

The international data feature and dedication to the customer experience has earned Meizu a loyal following. Today, Meizu is the world’s 11th best-selling smartphone manufacturer in the world, selling over 20 million phones in 2015, according to research firm IC Insights.

 

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About Telna-KnowRoaming

Telna-KnowRoaming is a vertically integrated end-to-end network-as-a-service (NaaS) for the growing Internet of Things (IoT) economy. The company first began as KnowRoaming, a SIM technology business. In 2014, it invested in then subsequently acquired Telna, a US-based, GSMA member wireless carrier that has direct access agreements with 800+ networks, and LTE/4G/3G coverage in 200+ countries worldwide. Today, the integrated company combines a pervasive network of networks, full back-end network infrastructure, and device hardware/software technology to offer a full and complete suite of global connectivity services. Learn more at www.telna.com 

About Meizu

Founded in 2003, Meizu is one of the leading smartphone makers in the world. Based on user preference, Meizu has developed a series of smartphones utilizing the Android-based Flyme operation system. The company now carries three smartphone lines: the PRO, MX, and M-series and has released almost 30 smartphones models to date. According to statistics from IC Insights, Meizu is the world’s 11th largest mobile phone manufacturer in terms of unit sales.

Meizu phones are characterized by their light, comfortable design, premium sound quality, high-definition camera, and simple, elegant user interface, combining performance, ease of use and functionality with the durability needed to survive the human experience. Learn more at www.meizu.com

 

Contact:

[email protected]

 

Louise Stein

Director of Communications

[email protected]

 

Lisa Cimini

Communications Coordinator

[email protected]

29 May 2017
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E-SIM for OEMs and the complexities in delivering Out of Box Connectivity

Today we are seeing growing demand from manufacturers for an out of box connectivity solution so that they can differentiate their products and participate in on-going service revenue. Obtaining such a solution is limited by the following:

1) No E-SIM standard

Although there is an E-SIM specification from the GSMA, this standard has been targeted primarily to M2M and IoT devices and not consumer electronics. The reason being that the mobile networks and the SIM card providers have not agreed with the GSMA on a standard for all devices. This ambiguity has given rise to the widespread adoption of the KnowRoaming Soft-SIM, a version of the E-SIM which is implemented and executed inside the ‘trusted environment’ of the baseband. The main advantage of software implementation is that there is no hardware modification (additional R&D costs and BOM is not required) and therefore time to market is much faster.

2) Mobile networks are not ready for M2M, IoT and E-SIM

Many networks do not have a OSS/BSS system and can not enable the dynamic provisioning of sim cards, create custom rate sheets and offer real-time billing. They are limited by legacy billing systems that are rigid. IoT and M2M can be divided into four categories: high bandwidth, low bandwidth, things that are fixed in one place, and things that are variable. Each type of use case requires different technical and commercial support from a mobile network.

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TelNA-KnowRoaming solution for Networks and OEMs

TelNA-KnowRoaming’s approach to integrate with networks is to have a flexible platform(OSS/BSS and network infrastructure) that is modular and independent of what vendors the host network uses. This enables us to seamlessly integrate with legacy and modern network systems. Our virtualized core (HSS-HLR, GGSN, SMSC, BSS/OSS) is completely accessible through an API and can scale on demand. The infrastructure can work along-side 3rd party subscription management platforms, be integrated with a 3rd party core network, or simply accessed via API and hosted completely on TelNa-KnowRoaming’s core. The one consistent factor when deploying an E-SIM technology is that there is always some level of network integration required.

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TelNA-KnowRoaming provides OEMs a complete turn-key solution for all their connectivity requirements. The OEM can deploy TelNA-KnowRoaming’s proprietary Multi-IMSI Soft-SIM or any E-SIM from a vendor of its choice. The platform is agnostic by design. TelNA-KnowRoaming does the integration and negotiations on behalf of the OEMs to help them pivot from selling just hardware to offering network services.

TelNA-KnowRoaming is a new type of global MVNE that is bringing network-as-a-service and hardware integration together as one offering.

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