TNW Networks Launches Canadian Smartphone-Over-IP Service

TNW Networks Announces Deployment of iPCS Mobile Service and its Entrance into the Canadian Mobile Market to Provide Nationwide Mobile Services

TNW Networks Corp today announced it is launching a proprietary data-only Smartphone-over-IP mobile service in Canada

Vancouver-based TNW Networks Corp (''TNW'') announced today that it will launch iPCS, its proprietary data-only Smartphone-over-IP ("SoIP") mobile service in Canada through its wholly-owned subsidiary, RuralCom Communications ("RuralCom") which was acquired by TNW Networks Corp's parent company, Investel Capital Corporation ("Investel") on December 7, 2016. RuralCom will operate as TNW Wireless.  iPCS is a patent pending login-based mobile connectivity access technology that differs from traditional access which uses subscriber-specific International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) information contained in a SIM card. The technology will provide Canadian customers with a high quality, low cost alternative to existing mobile services along with many new user features.

The transaction is subject to approval by Industry Canada.

Using RuralCom's Tier-2 850 MHz mobile licences and membership in the GSM Association TNW Wireless will expand its existing home network service area in the northern regions in British Colombia and Yukon and will extend its service reach locally, nationally, and internationally through its patent pending Wi-Node technology and through various roaming networks.

  • TNW Wireless will provide 500 MB of data per month for $10 which includes an array of core services. 

  • Additional 100 MB blocks of data can be purchased for $2.90 and remain the subscriber's data bank until consumed. The price of data is expected to drop over time as tariff rates decrease. 

  • As a data only technology, iPCS provides Internet connectivity with voice and text services whether through 3G/4G in TNW Wireless' home coverage areas, extended coverage through Wi-Node from open Internet Wi-Fi connection or as a fallback through roaming partners. Each megabyte (MB) of data provides approximately 6 minutes of continental North American talk time or several hundred texts (both unlimited while on Wi-Fi). 

  • iPCS provides seamless handover of voice calls to/from Wi-Fi and 3G/4G without dropping calls 

  • iPCS subscribers will be given a default phone number for their service from within the TNW Wireless home network but will have an operating iPCS phone number from a location of their choosing in North America. Subscribers will also have the option of keeping their existing phone number. 

  • When connecting to Wi-Fi anywhere in Canada or Internationally, the iPCS Wi-Node function automatically deregisters the subscriber device from any roaming partner cellular network and backhauls all data/IP connectivity to the TNW home public mobile network. This provides global extended mobile home network local service reach and a connection to the TNW Wireless home core network and ensures that all connectivity is always provided through TNW Wireless. The deregistration process means that subscribers are never roaming while on Wi-Fi and has the added advantage of increasing battery life on many phones since cell radios are automatically deactivated. 

  • Under the TNW Wireless Fair Use Policy, subscribers using iPCS in Canada will be required to use 50% or more of their total monthly data in the TNW home service region or while connected to any open Wi-Fi which deregisters the device from roaming partner networks via the Wi-Node function. 

  • iPCS works on any unlocked Android or iOS phone as an interface application. 

  • iPCS SIM cards are generic and not specific to a device or subscriber. They will be offered free via online ordering or free through distributors. TNW Wireless will not have any physical points of sale outside its home public mobile network area. 

  • iPCS through Wi-Node will be fully compliant with respective Carrier Access Tariff GSM-based Wholesale Roaming Agreements filed by Rogers Communications Partnership, Bell Mobility and Telus Communications Company in accordance with the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission ("CRTC") regulatory policy CRTC 2015-177. 

  • Bulk data will be available at discounted rates for business and for independent distributors who want to resell MB$ (pronounced "em-bees") to iPCS customers. MB$ will become the currency for iPCS wireless services.

In addition to the consumer market, iPCS will also be a very attractive alternative for business as the iPCS user management interface will allow businesses to intelligently manage employee utilization, by allocating MB$ by user, day and time of day, and also manage the access and use of the Internet including web/social media site restrictions if desired.

"We believe that iPCS will totally disrupt the Canadian wireless landscape by finally providing Canadians who still pay some of the highest rates in the world, with a low cost next generation wireless alternative." stated Sandeep Panesar, TNW's CEO. "Our goal is to make iPCS widely available in Canada and soon around the world".

iPCS was developed with the support of the Scientific Research and Experimental Development Program (SRED) of the Government of Canada.

Source: TNW Networks release


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