Transatel

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Transatel
Type Privately held company
Industry Mobile telecommunications
Founded 2000
Headquarters 192, avenue Charles de Gaulle
CS 10034 92523 Neuilly-sur-Seine
France
Key people Jacques Bonifay, CEO
Products MVNO (WorldPass) and MVNE
Revenue 18 million EUR (2010) estimation
Employees 140 (2014)
Website www.transatel.com, www.transatel-solutions.com

Transatel is a pan-European company founded in August 2000, with headquarters in Paris and offices in London, Brussels, Luxembourg, and in the Netherlands. On top of managing several MVNOs, the company has positioned itself on the MVNE market in Europe, for all kinds of MVNOs (postpaid, prepaid, B2C, B2B, with SIP services...).

Activity[1][edit]

As an MVNO, Transatel proposes different mobile telephony offers in Belgium, in France, in Luxembourg and in the Netherlands:

  • The multi-country offers are dedicated to frequent travelers and inhabitants of the border area in France, Switzerland and Benelux.
  • Eurokeitai is an offer for the Japanese community in France, with services, documentation and customer service in Japanese.
  • LeFrenchMobile is a mobile phone service for foreign visitors coming to France for a short period of time, from 6 to 24 months.
  • Phonethic is a charity mobile phone offer available in Belgium, born from a partnership between 4 NGOs and Transatel.

As an MVNE, Transatel works with companies wanting to launch a mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) under their own brand, may it be prepaid or postpaid. The MVNE activity is divided into two categories:

  • MVNE ASP (Application Service Provider): the MVNO signs a contract for purchasing airtime with the MNO. Transatel is the technical service provider of either the MNO or the MVNO. MVNOs can be connected by Transatel to virtually any MNO in the world.
  • MVNA (Aggregator) : the MVNA purchases mobile airtime in bulk form the partner mobile operator, adds its service platform and wholesales this airtime to multiple MVNOs, who each in turn sells the mobile service to end users. As an MVNA, Transatel provides provisionning services, rated billing and voice/data services. The MVNA activity is focused in Europe, particularly France, the UK, Belgium and Switzerland.
The Business Model for the MVNE activity.

In 2011, Transatel entered the M2M (Machine-to-Machine) market, based on cloud-based services, reusing its MVNE infrastructure across Europe to provide M2M services with similar business models.

Technology[edit]

The multi-country offer uses an innovative technology that implements two different phone numbers on one SIM card. This patent technology, developed internally by Transatel, allows an automatic change of both phone number and mobile network upon the crossing of borders, reducing roaming charges as calls are made domestically, no matter the country.

Transatel also developed tools like unified voicemails for several numbers and convergent services.

Connection to MNOs[edit]

Network operators Transatel works with.

Transatel is technically connected to 8 European MNOs:

Timeline for some MVNO launches[edit]

  • 2006 : Launch of Ten Mobile on the Orange France network ;
  • 2006 : Launch of Telenet Mobile on Belgian network Mobistar, and Calao Mobile and BelSim prepaid offers on Base ;
  • 2007 : Launch of prepaid offer IDT Mobile on the Orange UK network ;
  • 2007 : Start of wholesale packaged offers sold to medium-size MVNO targeting French companies ;
  • 2007 and 2008 : Launch of ethnic prepaid offers on French Bouygues Telecom network : Mobiho, Budget Mobile / Phenix Mobile, Mankono, Horizon Mobile, ZeMobile, Avantaje ;
  • 2008 : Launch of GlobalCell on the Orange UK network ;
  • 2010 : Launch of EcoNet Wireless (prepaid) on the Orange UK network

Awards[edit]

Transatel won several prizes in France, including the OSEO-DeloitteTechnology Fast 50 for the Paris region in 2007,[2] which awards the innovation policy of IT companies.

In 2011 Transatel was selected with 10 other IT companies for a program designed to help medium-sized companies improve their innovation policies through subventions by the Paris region.[3]

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