The Cologne-based IoT Carrier 1NCE GmbH has sold more than one

million SIM cards since market launch 5 months ago. The secret behind

the success: by offering an IoT flat rate, the technology company

offers mobile communication between devices on the Internet of Things

(IoT) at a much-needed affordable price point in comparison to most

other providers worldwide, whilst still guaranteeing the highest

quality service. The technology – which is already available in more

than 30 countries – was developed by 1NCE exclusively for IoT

applications. With its strong focus, the company clearly

distinguishes itself from large network operators. “As a specialized

IoT network carrier, we are creating a new industry standard that

will enable significant growth in the Internet of Things and

machine-to-machine communication for the first time,” said Alexander

  1. Sator, CEO of 1NCE.


Application scenarios already exist in large numbers, but the

implementation of intelligent IoT systems often fails due to the

complexity and cost of setting up wireless network connections. This

is where 1NCE comes in with a revolutionary affordable-cost,

high-quality solution that is ideal, especially for long-lasting B2B

applications: The “1NCE in a Lifetime”-IoT flat rate comprises a data

volume of 500 megabytes and 250 SMS at a price of only 10 euros for

10 years, with no other hidden fees. “This is far more than is

required for the exchange of essential information in IoT

applications without speech,” emphasized Younes Allaki, CTO at 1NCE.

“Should the data volume still not be sufficient for a 10-year period,

customers can top-up their initially booked volume at any time and

will still remain far below the usual costs.” In contrast to classic

models with monthly fees, 1NCE ensures maximum price transparency

with its pre-paid all-inclusive offering that makes IoT connectivity

calculable and affordable for either start-ups or large enterprises.

The 1NCE offering is even more compelling since it comes with

built-in scalability as well as high availability and security.


Supported by Deutsche Telekom AG, 1NCE utilizes the mobile networks

of all major European network operators for its IoT radio services

and is also available in China, Russia and in the USA. The service is

usually supported by at least two – quite often even by all – network

operators in a country in order to guarantee maximum availability.

Another characteristic that makes the technology unique is the

capability to seamlessly switch between the different mobile

communications standards 2G, 3G, 4G or NB-IoT. “Since our SIM card

has access to all available networks and supports all common mobile

communications standards, we ensure investment security and future

viability,” explained Sator.


The addressable market is huge: Experts from the GSM Association

(GSMA), the worldwide industry association of GSM mobile phone

providers, estimate the volume at 25 billion wireless devices by

  1. Many industries have a great need for connectivity: logistics

service providers must locate their containers, energy providers want

to control measuring devices directly, vehicle fleets need to be

better coordinated, insurance companies want to set up telematics

services. In more precise cases this means that in smart metering

scenarios, electricity, gas and water meters report the meter reading

to the utilities themselves. In the Smart City, streetlight

luminaires signal when they need to be replaced. The waste container

itself reports that it needs emptying, and in industrial production,

wear parts such as drills can initiate their replacement

automatically. “Soon every product developed will come with

radio-capability and thus be ready to communicate,” continued Sator.


1NCE GmbH was founded in January 2017 and started sales in August

  1. Today, the company has more than 50 staff.


About 1NCE:


1NCE is the first fully-fledged IoT network carrier in the world to

offer fast, secure and reliable connectivity services at low cost

based on an IoT flat rate. This makes IoT applications such as tank

maintenance, smart metering or vehicle telematics affordable. The

“1NCE in a Lifetime Fee” includes 500 MB data volume, 250 SMS and

free access to the 1NCE Connectivity Management Platform via Internet

and API. To provide the service, 1NCE cooperates with Deutsche

Telekom AG and leading telecommunications providers and supports all

common mobile communications standards (2G, 3G, 4G, NB-IoT). The

company headquartered in Cologne offers its flat rate almost

world-wide. 1NCE GmbH was founded in 2017 together with Deutsche

Telekom AG and has more than 50 staff in Cologne, Hamburg, London,

Rome, Paris and Riga. For more information, please see