Cubic Telecom signs deal with Rakuten
Cubic Telecom signs landmark deal with Japanese internet services provider Rakuten.
Global connectivity provider Cubic Telecom has partnered with Japanese internet services company Rakuten to deliver an international connectivity solution. Responding to consumer demand for a competitive and robust SIM solution, “The Rakuten Global Travel SIM” will go on sale in March 2016. The partnership offers users competitive rates as they travel from country to country, connecting to the Tier 1 networks anytime, anywhere.
This partnership between Irish tech leader Cubic Telecom, and Japanese internet services company, Rakuten, sparks a new era of global connectivity options for Japanese consumers travelling abroad. The easy-to-use SIM pack, which is compatible with Rakuten Mobile’s wide range of mobile devices, can be purchased online and through the Rakuten Mobile shops. The connectivity service allows users to choose from a range of price packages on voice, text and data to suit their travel plans.
The connectivity solution is enabled by Cubic’s cutting edge technology and agreements with Tier 1 mobile operators world-wide, ensuring optimum access speeds. Branded as ‘Rakuten Mobile Global SIM’, Cubic is providing a customised white label platform and portal to enable Rakuten Mobile customers register, manage their own customised price plans, access data bundles, and purchase prepaid plans.
Barry Napier, CEO of Cubic Telecom commented, “We are very excited to be able to provide connectivity to the customer base of one of Japan’s largest internet services companies. The product is so easy to use and provides predictability and cost control to the end user.”
The Cubic Telecom solution is distinguished from conventional Mobile Operator solutions by providing freedom, flexibility and full control to the Rakuten brand. This includes simple and easily modified pricing across global territories and customized client apps and portals across a number of software environments.
Yasufumi Hirai, Executive Vice President and Representative Director of Rakuten commented, “Cubic Telecom is providing our customers with an innovative connectivity solution that enables Rakuten customers to have easy access to data wherever they travel. We are happy to partner with Cubic and look forward to strengthen our strategic alliance partnership.”
The Rakuten Global Travel SIM will hit Rakuten Mobile stores in March 2016.
Rakuten, Inc. (TOKYO: 4755) is one of the world's leading Internet services companies, offering a wide variety of services for consumers and businesses with a focus on e-commerce, FinTech, and digital content. Since 2012, Rakuten has been ranked among the world’s ‘Top 20 Most Innovative Companies’ in Forbes magazine’s annual list. Rakuten is expanding worldwide and currently operates throughout Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania. Founded in 1997, Rakuten is headquartered in Tokyo, with over 12,000 employees worldwide. For more information visit: http://global.rakuten.com/corp/
Cubic Telecom is a global connectivity platform company that offers mobility solutions that power connectivity for leading Internet of things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M) and mobile device companies across the globe.
An expert in Connected Intelligence, Cubic Telecom enables global scalability with local connectivity anytime, anywhere. Cubic provides connectivity in over 100 countries; the most robust network, device and retail partnerships worldwide; and flexible over-the-air (OTA) device management for clients and partners.
Cubic creates connectivity where there was none before, with a belief in the future of things: a future where everything is connected. Cubic’s vision of interconnectivity will improve lives, and make the world a more interesting and intelligent place to be. Clients which also believe in this work include Audi, Lenovo, HP, Rakuten and LeTV.
Based in Dublin Ireland, Cubic Telecom’s partners and customers include some of the world’s leading Fortune 100 tablet and notebook manufacturers, retailers, and M2M and automotive companies. The company is privately held with over €75 million in funding by Audi Electronics Venture GmbH, Qualcomm, Valid, Enterprise Ireland and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, among others.
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