IPCO and G&D bring Wi-Fi Calling to MNOs and MVNOs
• IPCO Cloudfone™ is a cloud-based managed service and offers integrated Wi-Fi calling and traditional mobile telephony service using the users existing mobile number.
• IPCO Cloudfone™ enables new revenue streams, reduces operational costs for MNOs, MVNOs and SPs and lets mobile operators take back the initiative from OTT players.
• IPCO Cloudfone™ includes a SIM Applet on end-user SIM card developed by Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), a Cloud based authentication and provisioning solution, a SIP App and an IN presence service.
Munich, March 2, 2015 – IPCO and G&D announced today IPCO Cloudfone™, a cloud-based managed service integrating Wi-Fi calling and traditional mobile telephone allowing the users to use their existing mobile number. IPCO Cloudfone™ enables new revenue streams and reduces operational costs for mobile operators through an innovative and patented cloud based authentication and provisioning solution.
IPCO Cloudfone™ offers integrated Wi-Fi calling and traditional mobile, enabling calling over Wi-Fi using the user’s existing mobile telephony number.
IPCO Cloudfone™ offers Wi-Fi calling as a managed service for MNOs and MVNOs, integrated with the operator’s mobile core-networks without an expensive upgrade to IMS/LTE core. This differentiates IPCO Cloudfone™ with quick deployments and low CAPEX requirements. Unlike an IMS/LTE core Wi-Fi calling solution, the end users can use their existing handsets; rendering the service usable for the vast majority of the subscriber base.
IPCO Cloudfone™ is a SIM-secured OTT service for mobile operators. The distribution of the SIM-card applet is controlled by the mobile operator and enables the service on the mobile device by generating user credentials for accessing the service without the necessity of HSS integration. This method ensure user authentication with the same level of security as in GSM legacy services. G&D is IPCO’s partner and provides the SIM card solution.
CEO Morten Zakariassen at IPCO thinks that the IPCO Cloudfone™ service has a huge potential in the market. He says; “Unlike other offerings you do not need to type in a user name and password, the authentication of the user and the provisioning of the service in done automatically by using a Cloudfone enabled SIM card. The SIM Applet can be downloaded Over-The-Air to most SIM cards”.
Carsten Ahrens, group senior vice president and head of the division telecommunication industries at G&D says: “We think that solutions based on SIMs and Applets will be more and more popular as the focus on security increases. With our experience in developing and deploying secure and state of the art SIM and applet based solutions in combination with our over-the air (OTA) server technology, we help IPCO to provide a customers´ experience, which is superior to standard VoIP offerings.”
Western mobile operators are often in the forefront utilizing new technology, and IPCO is running a IPCO Cloudfone™ pilot with one of them. The feedback so far shows that the service is easy to install, as only a couple of interfaces and a routing table in the mobile core needed to be adapted. This Western operator is looking forward to new revenue streams and reduced operational costs. “Our customers will experience better coverage, especially indoors, and they are offered cheap Wi-Fi Calling when travelling and at home”, says a spokesperson for the operator.
About IPCO AS
IPCO AS was established early 2011 by experienced executives from the telecom industry, seeking to enable new telecom business models and revenue streams through innovation.
The owners and employees are a highly skilled team with unique telecom knowledge in all key areas to ensure a predictable development timeline and operational excellence.
IPCO AS will attend the G&D stand: hall 7, booth 7A41
About Giesecke & Devrient
Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is a leading international technology provider headquartered in Munich, Germany. Founded in 1852, the Group has a workforce of over 11,660 employees and generated sales of approximately EUR 1.75 billion in the 2013 fiscal year. 58 subsidiaries and joint ventures in 32 countries ensure customer proximity worldwide.
G&D develops, produces, and distributes products and solutions in the payment, secure communication, and identity management sectors. G&D is a technology leader in these markets and holds a strong competitive position. The Group’s customer base mainly comprises central and commercial banks, mobile network operators, business enterprises, governments, and public authorities. For more information, please visit: www.gi-de.com