Frequently Asked Questions about DENT

This page contains most of the questions that we often get asked. If you have more questions, please feel free to contact our team.

What does DENT Wireless do?
DENT Wireless is a company with a mission to tokenize, liberate, and democratize one the most important commodities in our time: mobile data and bandwidth. We are developing mobile apps and a marketplace using Blockchain technology for buying and selling of mobile data packages, which can be direct telco products, or originating from users that sell unused mobile data packages to each other.

When will the DENT Mobile App be released?
The iOS Version is planned to be released in December 2017 and the Android version shortly thereafter.
The app will allow sending of data to any of the mobile operators that we are connected to.

What Operators is DENT connected to?
USA: AT&T, Verizon
India: Airtel
Brazil: Vivo, Claro
Mexico: America Movil ,Telefonica
Bangladesh: Robi, Grameen Phone, BanglaLink
Nigeria: MTN, Glo Mobile, Etisalat, Airtel
Sri Lanka: Hutch, Mobitell, Etisalat, Airtel
Oman: Ooredoo

What problem is DENT solving?
Mobile data access today is for many people as valuable as hot water or electricity. When we don’t have Internet access, we fear that we are missing out. However, access to mobile data and bandwidth is controlled by just a few companies in every country. The mobile operators keep the supply restricted and the prices high. Unused data allowances are made to expire every month and that creates billions of dollars of profits for the operators at the expense of the user.
We want to liberate mobile data and bandwidth, users need to be able to freely remit or donate data to other users. World-wide.

How are you solving this problem, what is the long term goal?
To make this change, the telco market needs an overarching marketplace, which will give users and telcos alike the tools to disrupt the current business model by themselves, for their own benefit as they'll profit from repeat sales of data allowances. DENT marketplace will be the global platform for mobile data and to globalize payments.

As our long term goal, DENT is aimed to be the global marketplace for mobile data, where in the best case scenario all the world’s mobile data would be sold and bought and even donated via DENT marketplace, similarly to other commodities like international currencies are traded today. DENT marketplace will give mobile data consumers a direct way to affect the way telcos price their data.

What parts of the Mobile Operator Business will you aim to disrupt?

  • First: We will liberate mobile data help customers to buy, sell or donate mobile data with the click of a button.
    We remove borders and create a global mobile data marketplace with fully transparent data prices. We remove restrictions and wastage caused by limited validities. Second, we help operators to serve more customers and utilize their networks better. Operators can easily connect with the DENT platform to serve a global customer base, without the need to establish silo'ed own platforms.

  • Second: We want to remove the Data Roaming Fees or reduce them to a minimum 
    Very simple. In today's telco world, when you as a US customer are - say - in Sydney, Australia watching a video, all that data traffic is routed from the US. This is obviously not the best economic way and all the data carrier cost, the so-called interconnect cost and the operator margin on-top drives the data price up that you have to pay. We want to short-circuit data access in the most direct way. Internet access will happen where you are, and the cost will be as cheap as if purchased locally. That's called LOCAL BREAKOUT and DENT will be driving the adoption of that.

  • Third: We will drive the Data Sharing Economy
    With DENT, we take the global mega-trend of the "sharing economy" one step further. People are sharing apartments with airbnb, businesses are sharing storage and compute with cloud services, and we for the first time enable sharing of mobile data across any DENT user. The sharing economy optimizes asset utilization and reduces waste, thus driving down prices for everyone.

Who are the Founders / Top Management?
  • Tero Katajainen (Founder and CEO) is a serial entrepreneur and an experienced software architect who founded the predecessor company of DENT Wireless in 2014 to create a commerce platform with advanced algorithms for behavioral analysis of markets.

  • Mikko Linnamäki, (Co-Founder) who is also Co-Founder of DOVECOT Oy, the company behind the Open-Source IMAP Server DOVECOT which has an install base of over 4 million servers and a 72% global IMAP server market share. source: http://openemailsurvey.org

  • Andee Vollmer (Co-Founder) is the Mobile specialist in the team with 12 years experience on Mobile Apps, starting with Symbian in 2005 and today on iOS and Android.

  • Michael Wirth (Director of Payment Systems and GM UK & Ireland) has 20 years of experience in large-scale transaction projects, amongst others he was Director of Products and Services at eNett International, a Travelport company and leading specialist for payment solutions in the travel industry."

  • Ville Sundell (Smart Contract Specialist), who has pioneered smart contract based legal entities, being the first to create companies solely on the Ethereum blockchain without any human intervention through Etherprises LLC. 

  • Ramon Greep (SVP of Telco Operations), with 20 years of experience in the mobile industry, Ramon has been delivering innovation and profitable growth in mobile data, TV and video. Ramon started in mobile in 1997 working for an MVNO and then Vodafone in The Netherlands, his home country. In the last 14 years he worked at Deutsche Telekom across Europe in several business development, marketing and product development roles. During this period, he was also based in India where he supported the launch of Reliance JIO.
Please follow this link to the TEAM page for more details...

What are the advantages on using Blockchain in this project?
Managing DENT tokens on the Ethereum blockchain gives the marketplace a universal currency for mobile data, instead of having to deal with multiple currencies, both fiat and crypto. The blockchain creates a good fit for the DENT ecosystem, effectively reducing the effort of designing a decentralized system from scratch. The smart contracts provide a trustworthy way of defining the mobile data packages and the process of buying and selling them, while at the same time keeping the immutable ledger visible to everyone, which is a strong measurement against fraud. All of these benefits come "free" with the adoption of the Ethereum blockchain as part of the DENT infrastructure.

In your concept, you mentioned that IoT devices can automatically purchase data packages from the DENT marketplace, what is the advantage of that?

Billions of IoT devices will have mobile connectivity. And when they are running out of data, an automatic re-charge from the DENT marketplace ensures always being connected. This applies to connected machines, such as your connected car, surveillance camera or tracing device. Whenever any IoT device requires data, it can even automatically re-charge through our open DENT marketplace and thus be always connected.

Why are the Mobile Operators not doing this themselves?
Mobile operators are working in silos. Customers are kind of held hostage and cannot easily switch between them. Newer developments point in the right direction, such as with eSIM, the new EU roaming regulation, and mobile data roll-over to the next months. But really operators need someone like DENT to connect the silos and create a global bridge, so customers can freely buy and sell mobile data.
Added benefit is that DENT provides a single platform with a single customer billing relationship that works globally.

How big is the market?
According to a recent study of CISCO, the amount of mobile data world-wide grew 63% in 2016, and it was 7.2 billion Gigabytes per month in December 2016. According to a stuy of Parks Associates, the telcos make $386 Billion USD revenue / year with mobile data. That is $32,2 Billion USD revenue for the telcos per month.
If 15% of that is unused data from users, that makes $4.8 Billion USD monthly value for the unused data market alone. 
References: CISCO study about data traffic: http://bit.ly/1W26UQo
Parks Associates Study of Mobile Data Revenue 2015-2010: http://bit.ly/2sGwaar

What are the key milestones for DENT?
The key milestones are:

1. The crowdfunding to scale the development team to launch the DENT marketplace, DENT mobile apps on iOS and Android, and to hire the sales, marketing, support and engineering people to get the operations started at a larger scale.

2. Launching the DENT Community to start acquiring users in key countries to become members.

3. Negotiating with telcos on behalf of the community to liberate the user-to-user data transfer and to connect the telcos to the marketplace.

4. Launch domestic telcos on the marketplace.

5. Launch the international DENT marketplace.

How will DENT make money?
The currency used on the marketplace, the DENT Token, is what powers the platform. The actual sale, purchase and donation of transactions enters the Ethereum blockchain, utilizing ETH. The instruments, i.e. data packages, will be Smart Contracts in the Ethereum blockchain. DENT marketplace will drive Ethereum Smart Contracts, effectively making the system a blockchain-based trading platform. The crowdsale will allow participants to purchase DENT with a low starting price, before it becomes used in the marketplace.

As the marketplace becomes a de-facto place for trading mobile data bandwidth, it will also become the principal method for determining the floating price of mobile data worldwide. Telcos, market participants and end-users will all interact in a true market driven way to determine the current price. Eventually this will lead to increased competition, providing new packages to the marketplace and further enable the DENT marketplace to become the dominant force in the mobile data space, utilizing the DENT currency.

The revenue of DENT marketplace will come from transaction fees via spread and commissions. We will be establishing the DENT Token for these transactions, and our goal is to give mobile operators, consumers, enterprises and other market participants easy tools to compete and run their mobile data needs in the new open world.

What do you expect the data price to be on the DENT marketplace, and how many DENTs will a GB cost?
Currently, data prices vary greatly between different regions of the world, between operators within one country, between night and day, and - above all - it really is not transparent to the user. You can mathematically calculate a global average price per GB, by dividing the global revenue from mobile data by the global data traffic. Result is an average price of around 5 USD per GB, but - again - this is only an average. To make it even worse, this price reflects the actually achieved price that is achieved by the telcos, which is higher than what you think you pay, when you buy a data package. Reason is that the telcos sell data packages and calculated a theoretical price / GB which only applies if you use the entire package. However, as we all know, typically quite some data remains unused and is thus wasted. 

We at DENT feel this is far too expensive, and aim to liberalize mobile data to make it much more affordable for everyone. Key lever is that we take away constraints - in a way we unchain mobile data. I don't want to buy a smaller data package just to not waste any data, and then at the middle of the month discover I am out of data, just to limit myself to avoid overage charges. Likewise, I don't want to switch off mobile data when traveling, just because I am afraid of a huge bill. With DENT we make data available when and where needed. So I can buy mobile data for the days needed, or I can sell mobile data when I have some left.

The beauty of the DENT marketplace is that the data price becomes fully transparent to everyone. We also expect that "data" will be qualified more detailed than today, and data prices will be differentiated accordingly, just like you have different kinds of fuel at the gas station with different prices. Some examples: A GB which I can use for the next 14 days will be more valuable than a GB which expires within the next 24 hours. A GB during a peak hour or in a densely populated area will be more valuable than a GB at night or on the country side. And a GB with a high up- and download speed will be more valuable than a GB at slower speed. Therefore, to answer the question in short: With the DENT marketplace finally we will see the fair market price based on supply and demand, based on the most efficient production.

The aftermarket GB price will be pushed down significantly, as the users can define those prices themselves, and the operators need to follow. So the consumer wins, and this raises demand for DENT Tokens.

What makes you different from the competition?
As we are the first company to create an overarching marketplace for trading with mobile data, our competition comes from the legacy silo approach that currently is the status-quo for telcos. Our trading platform will treat mobile data as a resource or commodity which will be openly traded and priced.

How will you acquire users?
We will combine users of mobile operators to a collective billion-dollar group of influential power.
DENT Tokens will enable users to download the DENT mobile app and to become a member of the powerful DENT Community.
  • The most valuable asset to mobile operators are the people, that create an average $460 USD revenue in a contract lifetime

  • When we have, for example, 2 million customers of a telco consolidated as one group, that means the buying power of that group to be $920 Million USD in the contract lifetime.

  • DENT will act as the representative for this group to negotiate with the telcos to improve their data service offerings with the target to allow people to start selling and buying excess data between users.
  • Think of the DENT Community as a “union” of telco customers, which will use its collective power to stipulate changes and improvements in the way mobile data and telco services are provided today.

  •  The United Nations are advocating sustainable development for mobile data, we are supportive of this effort to bring affordable mobile data to developing countries and regions.

  • The DENT team will represent all DENT members in the negotiations with telcos.

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