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Press Release -- January 19th, 2021
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Arkessa and Ericsson provide global connectivity for Voi e-scooters

  • Powered by Ericsson IoT Accelerator, Arkessa provides global connectivity to Voi's e-scooter fleets worldwide, enabling micro-mobility in urban areas
  • Arkessa delivers cellular IoT connectivity management services and eSIM solutions, enabling easy and secure localization of globally connected mobility applications
  • Cellular IoT connections are expected to grow nearly 3.5 times from 1.7 billion in 2020 to 5.9 billion in 2026
PRESS RELEASE
JAN 19, 2021 08:00 (GMT +00:00)

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC, news, filings) and Arkessa are excited to provide a secure, managed global connectivity solution that supports the rapid and efficient deployment of Voi e-scooter fleets around the world, helping to increase micro-mobility in cities. With global SIMs supplied by Arkessa, Voi can easily provision and activate scooters and manage its fleet of connected scooters worldwide, regardless of their location.

Arkessa is powered by Ericsson IoT Accelerator for connectivity management and is the communication service provider partner to Ericsson. Its global partnership with Ericsson enables the operator to offer powerful automation features on the Ericsson IoT Accelerator platform, including market-leading IoT security and global coverage.

Arkessa's global connectivity offers Voi the flexibility to deploy its growing fleet of e-scooters in a broad range of countries while minimizing costs and optimizing coverage. During the lifetime of an e-scooter, one single SIM can connect to different service providers without the need for physical replacements, offering significant cost savings in fleet management. Voi gains full global connectivity management benefits powered by Ericsson IoT Accelerator.

Enterprises are increasingly taking advantage of cellular IoT to derive new revenue streams and improve operational cost-efficiency. Ericsson estimates that the number of cellular IoT connections will grow nearly 3.5 times from 1.7 billion in 2020 to 5.9 billion in 2026.

Andrew Orrock, CEO at Arkessa, says: "Voi is a true pioneer of connected micro-mobility solutions and is committed to helping cities meet their 2030 climate goals. Arkessa is absolutely delighted to have been selected as their cellular connectivity partner to support their global expansion. With more than 50 percent of the world's population living in cities, Voi's vision of creating cities for living will change the urban landscape for the better and we are so excited to be a part of it."

Fredrik Hjelm, CEO and co-founder of Voi, says, "We are excited to work with Arkessa to provide superior IoT connectivity in our scooters and ensure an even higher level of service for our riders and partner cities. By leveraging Arkessa's secure and resilient global network connectivity, Voi can continue to deliver fast, reliable e-scooter services as we expand into new markets and roll out our next-generation vehicles and IoT hardware."

Åsa Tamsons, Head of Business Area Technologies and New Businesses at Ericsson, says, "Realizing smart cities is closer than ever. Micro-mobility solutions powered by high-speed cellular connectivity make city mobility more flexible and sustainable. We are excited to see Voi choose our award-winning IoT Accelerator platform to create the agility needed to scale up their global operations. Global, reliable, and secure connectivity plays a pivotal role in helping new industries grow and contribute to connecting our cities."

About Arkessa

Arkessa offers world-class cellular connectivity services that make it easy to design, deploy and manage IoT devices securely, efficiently, and at scale, regardless of application or business model. Arkessa provides global coverage, competitive rates, and world-leading technical support, providing a single platform view for customers to order, manage, and connect their smart devices. With offices in the UK, Europe and the US, Arkessa serves multiple vertical sectors, both directly and through strategic channel partnerships.

About Voi

Founded in August 2018, Voi is a Swedish micro-mobility company offering electric scooter sharing in partnership with cities and local communities. We believe e-scooters can play a central role in changing how people move in our cities in the future. And we want to make sure that the transformation happens the right way - through real innovative technology, open and transparent dialogue with cities and Governments and by adapting our products to local needs. Jump on a scooter whenever and ride wherever in the city in just minutes - completely carbon-neutral. Voi has been a carbon-neutral company since January 2020 and has adopted the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guiding framework and has also set a clear agenda for reducing and offsetting emissions.  Voi operates in 50+ cities across 11 countries. It is headquartered in Stockholm and employs around 400 people. To date, Voi boasts more than 6 million users and has served 30 million rides.

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