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Providing Japan’s First Full MVNO Service Using Internal 3G/LTE Network
March 15, 2018
TOKYO-March 15, 2018-Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI, TSE1: 3774), one of Japan's leading Internet access and comprehensive network solutions providers, announced that it will offer IIJ Mobile Access Service Type I (hereafter, Type I) starting today as a full MVNO. This service will both provide a variety of plans that fit different types of usage for corporate customers and achieve more efficient communications costs for specific IoT applications.
Full MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) are independent mobile network operators that use wireless access facilities such as bases of mobile network operator (MNOs) by owning Mobile Network Code (MNC) and International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI)(*).
IIJ is Japan's first full MVNO connecting NTT DOCOMO’s 3G/LTE network by maintaining and operating its own subscriber management systems (HLR/HSS) which are part of MVNO core network infrastructure. By having IIJ's own HLR/HSS systems, IIJ is able to manage its own SIM cards and flexibly design various services.
Starting with Type I service, IIJ will be expanding service line-ups, including International roaming options and SIMs that are specialized for being built into devices (so-called "chip SIMs") by leveraging the special characteristics that come with being a full MVNO.
"SIM Life Cycle Management" allows a more efficient way of handling SIM maintenance fees by activating and suspending SIM cards. Users can freely switch the status of SIMs from/to activated and suspended. SIM's monthly communications fee is free before activation and when in a suspended its fee is reduced. This is extremely effective for example when customers are dealing with IoT products; when SIMs are in inventory, their status can be suspended and avoid being used in unauthorized and unnecessary ways and also limit the transmission cost component of IoT product life cycle costs.
Type I offers a range of different plan types, including the packet share plan that allow customers to select data transmission volume and subscription models (change to usage based plans, switch over to low speed transmissions, or stop data transmissions) at any time through a web service online, upload priority plans that do not limit upload volumes for devices such as security cameras (transmissions from customer devices to the Internet), and even plans that allow each to have an IP address type (network type) designated by the customer.
Users are able to use SIM Life Cycle Management, acquire SIM information, and order additional SIMs through web service online and by cooperating API. This let monthly communications fee to be reduced by controlling the status of SIM by activating SIM upon when the product is sold. Moreover these functions are very efficient in managing inventory and operation of SIM.
|Fixed Plan||Packet Sharing Plan|
|Features||A plan with fixed data transmission volume per line||A plan that shares data transmission volume across all contracted lines|
|Initial Fees||JPY3,000 per line
|Basic SIM Fees(*1)||
|Data Transfer Fees||
JPY3,200 for 10 GB
JPY3,900 for 15 GB
JPY4,400 for 20 GB
JPY6,600 for 30 GB
JPY10,500 for 50 GB
|Packet pack A: JPY500/1 GB
Packet pack B: JPY550/1 GB
Packet pack C: JPY500/1 GB
|Network Type Fees||
-- Internet connection
-- Closed network connections: JPY0
|Upload Priority Option||JPY2,700||-|
|Minimum Contract||One month|
|Basic SIM Fees||JPY200||JPY30|
|Plan Fees (for Fixed 10 GB Plan)||JPY3,200||JPY0|
|Network Type Fees||JPY200||JPY0|
By providing services that take advantage of its being a full MVNO, IIJ can design mobile transmission services with a rapidly increasing degree of freedom for all types of sectors worldwide. IIJ intends to continue expanding its service lineup to boost the IoT era from its infancy to its growth period.
Founded in 1992, IIJ is one of Japan's leading Internet-access and comprehensive network solutions providers. IIJ and its group companies provide total network solutions that mainly cater to high-end corporate customers. IIJ's services include high-quality Internet connectivity services, systems integration, cloud computing services, security services and mobile services. Moreover, IIJ has built one of the largest Internet backbone networks in Japan that is connected to the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. IIJ was listed on the U.S. NASDAQ Stock Market in 1999 and on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2006.
The statements within this release contain forward-looking statements about our future plans that involve risk and uncertainty. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents furnished by Internet Initiative Japan Inc. with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Forms 20-F and 6-K, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.
IIJ Corporate Communications
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