Acquisition Strategically Positions Company as an FCC Approved Wireless
and Further Enhances Revenue Diversification
DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KonaTel, Inc. (OTCMKTS: “KTEL”) (www.konatel.com),
a voice/data communications holding company, today announced the
acquisition of IM Telecom, LLC d/b/a Infiniti Mobile (www.infinitimobile.com),
a Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) approved wireless Lifeline
The Lifeline program was created under President Ronald Reagan as part
of the 1984 Telecommunications Act to help low-income American
households obtain voice & data connectivity services needed to
participate and function in today’s digital world. The program is funded
through Universal Service fees collected by telecom carriers,
administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (“USAC”)
under guidance from FCC.
After a thorough nine-month review by the FCC, on October 23, 2018, the
FCC approved KonaTel’s acquisition of IM Telecom, which was completed on
January 31, 2019. The last wireless carrier to receive an FCC approved
Lifeline Compliance Plan (license) was granted a license in 2012. At
that time, there were 20 licenses, but through multiple mergers,
acquisitions and attrition, today there are now only 15.
Lifeline carriers receive government reimbursement for providing
Lifeline service. Depending on the state, monthly reimbursements range
from $9.25/line to $34.25/line. According to CGM, a telecom
consulting/research firm, there are about 39 million Lifeline eligible
households in the U.S., about 9 million of which are currently served.
“Lifeline is a specialized segment of the telecom market and KonaTel is
one of the few telecom carriers with significant in-house experience in
managing a successful Lifeline operation. Our management team’s
cumulative Lifeline marketing, operational and regulatory compliance
experience spans decades,” said Chuck Schneider, President/CEO of IM
“Lifeline will provide KonaTel with a new source of revenue that is less
susceptible to economic downturns,” said KonaTel Chairman/CEO Sean
McEwen. McEwen added, “While Mr. Schneider was CEO of another Lifeline
carrier, his team grew that company to over 400,000 lines of service,
generating more than $60 million in annual revenue. Over the next few
years, IM Telecom has the potential to contribute significant revenues
IM Telecom is positioned to grow with Lifeline licenses in Oklahoma,
Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, South Carolina, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Since
IM Telecom is one of the few Lifeline carriers to hold an FCC approved
Compliance Plan, it may apply to expand into additional states, with
pending applications in Arizona, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania.
Additional information about the IM Telecom acquisition is contained in
our 8-KA-2 Current Report filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission (“SEC”) on February 6, 2019.
KonaTel provides a variety of retail and wholesale telecommunications
services including mobile voice/text/data service supported by national
U.S. mobile networks, mobile numbers, SMS/MMS services, and IoT mobile
data service. KonaTel’s other subsidiary, Apeiron Systems (www.apeiron.io),
is a global cloud communications service provider employing a dynamic
“as a service” (CPaaS/UCaaS/CCaaS/PaaS) platform. Apeiron provides
voice, messaging, network and platform products using innovative network
and software designs. All Apeiron’s services can be accessed through
legacy interfaces and rich communications APIs. KonaTel is headquartered
in Dallas, Texas.
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D. Sean McEwen