Deutsche Telekom ICSS partners with Nexmo to provide A2P messaging

Bonn, Germany, and San Francisco, USA, - May 9, 2016 – Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS), a leading global wholesale carrier, today announced a partnership with Nexmo, a leading cloud communications company, to further increase delivery quality for mission-critical, application-to-person (A2P) messaging to the Deutsche Telekom Group footprint in Europe and beyond.

The partnership enables a faster and more effective interaction between consumers and businesses through A2P messaging. People now expect to communicate with businesses anytime, anywhere and via their preferred method, making the quality of communications a business critical need with speed, reliability and ubiquity becoming the gold standard. Nexmo’s business-grade cloud communication platform can easily and quickly scale mobile communications while reducing latency and increasing delivery rates. By working with Deutsche Telekom ICSS, Nexmo is improving the quality of customer communications, as expanding its network of direct carrier connections will decrease the number of “hops” for customer messages.

“We are happy to see that our SMS+ transit solution perfectly fits with Nexmo’s requirements for offering best in class cloud communications solutions, helping propel their customers’ business to the next level," said Mardia van der Walt, Senior Vice President at ICSS. "With our SMS+ transit solution we deliver a proven technology that meets the substantial demand of Nexmo’s customers in a thriving A2P market. Nexmo is a partner that has both expertise in this space as well as proven technology that can meet the substantial demands of our customers."

"Through our new partnership with Deutsche Telekom ICSS we are expanding our cloud communication expertise to one of the fastest growing markets in Europe, opening a direct link to an effective business differentiator for enterprises locally and worldwide," said David Vigar, Nexmo's Director of Carrier Relations. "Our partnership with Deutsche Telekom ICSS helps us give our customers global reach with local expertise, all through the simplest communication APIs and SDKs."

Deutsche Telekom’s “SMS+ transit” service allows Nexmo to reach the mobile networks of Deutsche Telekom and its affiliates in Europe and outside of Deutsche Telekom’s footprint through partner networks. “SMS+ transit” is a complete secure and high availability solution from one provider. It ensures reliable, quick and high quality termination of messages.

Additionally, Deutsche Telekom ICSS provides operators worldwide with a protection mechanism against unpaid use of their network. “SMS+ protect” is an SS7-based dynamic protection solution that identifies unwanted SMS messages. It ensures the necessary transparency to proactively tackle the problem of lost revenue due to termination of fake messages without payment.

About Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with more than 156 million mobile customers, 29 million fixed-network lines and around 18 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2015). The Group provides fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet, and Internet-based TV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has around 225,200 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 69.2 billion in the 2015 financial year – around 64 percent of it outside Germany.
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About International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS)

International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS) is one of the world's leading carriers and an innovation driver for IP-based solutions. As an integral part of Deutsche Telekom’s International Wholesale Business unit, ICSS serves the international wholesale requirements of the DT Group with its international affiliates and more than 860 external customers worldwide. One of the units’ core competencies is to focus on building business partnerships around the globe. With years of experience in the international wholesale communication market, ICSS has the expertise to provide clients with tailor-made solutions. The innovative technologies are offered on a global basis with a special emphasis on Europe.

About Nexmo

Nexmo is the global cloud communications platform leader providing innovative communication APIs and SDKs for voice, text, messaging and phone verification services. Nexmo enables applications and enterprises to communicate with their customers reliably and with ease, no matter where in the world they are located. High-volume communication companies such as Alibaba, and Viber send millions of messages per month using Nexmo APIs. Nexmo has been recognized by Roaming Consulting Company as a Tier 1 A2P SMS Messaging Vendor in 2015, a Top 20 Most Promising API Solution Providers in 2015 by CIO Review and was selected as an Aragon Research Hot Vendor in Real-Time Communication and Collaboration Platform as a Service in 2015. On May 5, 2016, Nexmo entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Vonage Holdings Corp., a leading provider of cloud communications for business.

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