floLIVE & Kigen team-up with Protahub to provide local IoT cellular connectivity in Turkey
11, October, 2023: London – floLIVE, the creator and owner of the world’s first and largest hyperlocal global cellular network and a leading provider of global connectivity and network services for IoT, and Kigen, a global security leader in IoT enablement via SIM, eSIM, and iSIM technology solutions, and Protahub, a new generation technology company providing state of the art provisioning technologies, have completed all necessary steps to provide local connectivity services in Turkey.
floLIVE is now offering local cellular IoT connectivity in Turkey to its global customers, via a single global SKU.
With its partner, Kigen, floLIVE has spent many months building the ecosystem and integrating the necessary systems and platforms to serve its global customers in Turkey; the companies teamed up with Protahub, the only local Turkish entity with the mandate to control local eSIM subscription profiles, to create a complete, end-to-end solution that will allow OEMs, global enterprises and mobile operators alike to obtain local IoT connectivity in Turkey via their existing eUICC compatible SIMs.
This has been a complex endeavor, as Turkey has unique requirements for local cellular connectivity, where permanent roaming is impossible and IP data must be routed locally, in-country.
“Traditionally, anyone who needed connectivity in Turkey had to approach the MNOs in-region directly and purchase SIM cards to install in their devices,” said Nir Shalom, CEO floLIVE. “They needed to engage in a separate contract with the local MNO, use separate APIs for integration, and at the end of the day they ended up with very limited management and control. With floLIVE, our customers benefit from a single SKU that simplifies their logistics and supply chain, and offers a streamlined, unified global experience. During the last few months, we’ve been approached by numerous customers – from OEMs to tier-1 mobile operators – asking for a local connectivity solution in Turkey as part of their global operations.”
The process flow in Turkey is unique, unlike standard eUICC local profile management:
- floLIVE provides its customers with a standard eUICC SIM, in all form factors.
- When a device arrives in Turkey, floLIVE’s Connectivity Management Platform (CMP) detects the device’s location and initiates a local profile download process, via Kigen’s Remote SIM Provisioning (RSP) platform.
- An SM-SR Swap process now takes place between Kigen’s SM-SR and Protahub’s SM-SR.
- Protahub initiates a Profile Download to the eSIM and validates with both platforms – Kigen’s RSP and floLIVE’s CMP.
“floLIVE and Kigen are working closely together on numerous initiatives and projects, and are looking to replicate this success in other regions so that global deployments are achievable with a single SKU and a unified experience,” said Vincent Korstanje, Kigen’s CEO. “With an eSIM, you have a strong foundation for trusted devices across multiple geographies, while complying with the local regulations.”