Tuesday, 6 January 2009

ThuisConnect partners with Elephant Talk for MVNO launch – Netherlands

ThuisConnect has entered into a Heads of Agreement contract with Elephant Talk Communications, a provider of telecom, media streaming and distribution services primarily to the business-to-business (B2B) community, for the launch of its MVNO service in the Netherlands. The company is expected to launch its services by the end of the first quarter/spring of 2009. The company also plans to roll out its services in other countries throughout Europe in the third quarter of 2009; starting with Spain, France and Belgium.

ThuisConnect will launch its “Telco to Home, Health Care Support” service using Elephant Talk’s fully integrated MVNE platform. All of the company’s subscribers will be connected to ThuisConnect’s platform with full medical backup and control, with monitoring for diabetes, thrombosis, heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients via a mobile device and/or a DSL/fiber connection. It is estimated that subscriptions would reach 70,000 by the end of 2010 and 110,000 by the end of 2011.

Commenting on the agreement, Sytse Boonstra, Chief Executive Officer of ThuisConnect, said: “According to our view on the Dutch telecommunications market, only two parties were attractive candidates. For the mobile services, we truly believe that Elephant Talk is by far the best platform available to us. Together with our other partner performing as the largest telco of the Netherlands, we are able to reach our target group immediately. We also believe communicating Life-Convenience Services from home will become more and more important in the upcoming years.”

Martin Zuurbier, CTO/COO of Elephant Talk, added: “The integration of voice and data services for Life-Convenience Services like health care and personal safety management is possible because of the structure of our systems which make such integration relatively simple to carry out. Simple adjustments in our system are one of the benefits of selecting our integrated Technical Mobile and CRM/Billing platform. The mobile telephone will contribute enormously to the elderly who need the Life-Convenience Service the most. It really combines all forms of communication in one hand, which is realised by our Agreement with ThuisConnect."