- Telekom Innovation Pool investment 1NCE builds DT commercial partnership.
- IoT Easy Connect platform‑as‑a‑service offering aims to make IoT accessible for Dutch SMEs.
Deutsche Telekom (DT) expanded its commercial partnership with minority-owned Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider 1NCE to the Netherlands, building on an existing comparable deal in Germany (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #87 and #92).
T‑Mobile Netherlands launched its IoT Easy Connect product, an IoT management solution built on 1NCE’s cloud‑native white‑label platform, in September 2020. Telekom Deutschland’s German equivalent was released in August 2018, under the Business Smart Connect marque.
Similar to the German sales tie‑up, IoT Easy Connect is targeted at Dutch startups and small‑ and medium‑size enterprises (SME). It supports IoT connectivity via a mobile network (including Narrowband‑IoT and LTE‑M) using a single SIM card, and comes with prepaid tariffs.
DT has a 25% stake in 1NCE through its Telekom Innovation Pool investment fund.
In terms of telcos, 1NCE also boasts a partnership with China Telecom Global, through which it can access connectivity in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. 1NCE lists Amazon Web Services, Software AG, and blockchain‑based IoT specialist ubirch among its ecosystem partners.