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5G in 2022, Are You Ready?

5G, the fifth generation of mobile networks has been around for a few years already. At the end of last year, 2021, 79 nations have either commercialised 5G or are conducting 5G trials. The UK, however, is one of the most developed markets in Europe in terms of 5G rollout, but what does this mean exactly? This blog will further explore the state of 5G in the UK, how it’s changing the likes of data usage and how this brings new opportunities to businesses across the UK, before looking at 5G comparisons across the globe. 

Currently, in the UK, the four main mobile operators have already launched 5G, EE was the first to do so, launching its 5G services back in May 2019. Currently, EE’s 5G network is available in over 160 towns and cities, Vodafone 127, O2 194 and Three over 100. Smaller MVNOs such as Voxi and Giffgaff have recently started offering 5G plans, although the location of availability is dependent on the host MNO. Speed tests carried out in 2020 found that the UK’s 5G speeds were nearly four times faster than 4G. However, due to the limited availability of spectrum, it was not quite as advanced as Ofcom, the UK regulator had set out. Therefore, in 2021, Ofcom held a 5G spectrum auction, with frequencies available leading to an 18% increase in the region’s mobile capacity. With the expansion of the 5G spectrum, mobile broadband has improved and boosted 5G deployment, and with it, 5G speeds. If you’re still unsure on how fast 5G is, 5G offers access to theoretical speeds of 100 Gigabits a second, it takes 300 to 400 milliseconds to blink, so if you blink, you will miss it! As technology progresses this year there will be a greater demand from businesses and consumers to migrate to 5G capable hardware such as smartphone and routers.

The fast adoption rate, speed, and low latency of 5G is driving data usage. In 2020 alone, UK 5G users consumed 2.5x more mobile data than 4G users driven by video, gaming, and higher resolutions all on mobile. In an age of increasingly advanced smartphones, businesses and consumers will only continue to increase the amount of data they consume on mobile devices. 5G users are becoming more prone to using their data connections for tethering, as connections are often multiple-times faster and more reliable than fixed-line broadband. With 5G holding such a high device capacity, it becomes a great option for business; it is estimated that 5G deployments can support 1,000,000 connected devices per 0.38 square miles (243 acres), in comparison, 4G can only support 2,000. 

With 5G, business networks can undertake simultaneous data transfers, flexible working and allow feasible remote working, especially in current COVID times. The lower latency offered by 5G can improve the functionality and security of devices by its ability to boost encryption and by reaching real-time access, meaning complex tasks will be performed quicker with fewer interruptions. With the PSTN Switch off in 2025 looming, businesses need to remain competitive and ambitious by equipping IoT and 5G devices promptly. In terms of the economic benefits, O2 state that the UK could benefit from time and productivity savings of £6 billion per annum, suggesting that the investment of 5G devices is indeed worthwhile. Such a surge in mobile data usage on the new spectrum presents a new opportunity for operators to monetise the billions of pounds being invested into 5G, securing assets from the uncongested spectrum. Construction and Agriculture industries could see benefits almost 10x higher than the costs associated with 5G upgrades, through increased efficiency, improved safety, compliance, and enhanced devices. For example, field conditions can be more accurately monitored through an improved network of 5G data-collecting sensors. 

As 5G is still new to the world of business in the UK, most networks providers are keen to grow their 5G mobile data networks and are happy to provide companies with the network support they need, as well as a comprehensive range of solutions for their business customers. With the deployment of 5G also comes the need for 5G education, teams cannot make the most out of the new technology and perceived benefits. 5G education will help businesses understand how the network’s benefits can support business goals and drive growth; it will become an essential skill for a thriving and successful business. 

The UK’s 5G deployment is a close contender behind the US, accounting for a 57% share of 5G connections, however, America is seeing a slower rollout across the country. This year is expected to see two-thirds of the country’s population covered with a 5G service. The slower rollout in the US is said to be down to; the availability of space in the spectrum, the deployment of new network equipment that isn’t manufactured in the US, meaning purchases take longer, and the lack of apps driving the usage of 5G. Although most large mobile operators in the US, such as AT&T and Verizon are offering 5G, the location of availability is limited to urban areas and main traffic routes but is expanding across the country. European countries are expanding their 5G service at a completely different pace due to these areas being densely populated, in Germany alone Vodafone’s 5G network reached 30 million people at the end of 2021. Europe has quickly gotten onboard with 5G deployment compared to the US; however, they cannot simply be compared in terms of their share of 5G connections due to the different sized populations and rollout of cellular network towers across the countries.

It is clear to see that 5G’s rollout across the globe is not in one constant development but fragmented by country because of sizing and population density. The UK’s 5G deployment is developing constantly and becoming a more viable option for consumers and businesses across the country. With constant advancements in technology and the PSTN Switch Off looming, 5G mobile data and IoT devices are becoming the future of communication. 

As an award-winning partner of the three leading UK networks (Vodafone, O2 & EE), Cellhire provides unbiased advice and a large choice of connectivity options to really maximise success. Cellhire helps grow and create new revenue opportunities for channel partners.
Have you thought of adding mobile to maximise revenue? 
Visit: https://www.cellhire.co.uk/partners

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PSTN Switch Off 2025 – What Opportunities are Arising?

The Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) allows for traditional fixed line telephony over copper telephone lines using analogue signalling. In addition to traditional voice services, many specialised services that use the PSTN will need to make the move to digital solutions before the December 2025 PSTN/ISDN switch off and September 2023 “Stop-Sell” deadlines. It’s estimated that over 2 million local UK businesses will be impacted, creating a surge in opportunities with the move to completely digital. This blog will highlight the different opportunities that have arisen, how different digital solutions compare and how known connectivity issues can be solved with new advancements. 

Many businesses believe the decision is strictly between switching to Hosted Voice (VoIP) or mobile, however, it’s not just a question of which solution to switch to, it’s finding the correct match to how a business operates. For larger businesses, VoIP could be considered a more practical solution, allowing multiple devices to be integrated, whether landline or mobile, and can reduce the downtime caused by repairs or issues with the copper wires. Many, however, have concerns over the overall cost, security, reliability, and QoS of a VoIP solution versus the perceived benefits. For many businesses such a heavy investment may not be needed.

The shift to mobile in recent years has seen ‘Mobilepreneurs’ on the rise, with over 31,000 new smartphone-based businesses predicted in the next 3 years, according to O2 Business. With micro-businesses making up 96% of all businesses in the UK, the rise in reliance on mobile voice and data services could lower the cost of tariffs even further as mobile becomes a more widespread option for small businesses across the country. With the addition of mobile applications that mimic traditional PBX functionality, businesses of all sizes could see a cost-benefit of switching to a ‘mobile only’ communications strategy.

With these fundamental changes, what opportunities arise? VoIP is still a choice for solutions where voice is needed such as lifts comms and door systems, however, there are key opportunities in specialised services, by utilising 4G/5G mobile data connectivity instead. Primary services running on ADSL can be replaced with a stronger data connection. Street furniture, such as traffic lights, causes stress, time and demand heavy costs when digging up roads for fibre. Instead, there is a massive opportunity to switch to M2M IoT mobile data connectivity through multi-network SIMs in place of the old L2TP to eliminate unnecessary cost, time, roadworks and disruption. Examples are already out there, with businesses using intelligent mobile data to support major government public body’s to move street furniture endpoints away from the PSTN and to monetize these, often receiving millions in revenue. The UK security system industry is thriving with new opportunities waiting for change, it’s largely made up of IoT devices that rely on the PSTN and is worth £1.5bn alone. Using M2M IoT mobile data can not only aid the transition but provide better benefits and control for businesses across the country, while delivering greater financial opportunities for providers. Construction, healthcare and even the alarm industry are all in need of new connections due to the switch off and are some of the biggest industries across the UK, with 1 million alarms alone waiting to be migrated from the PSTN. The advantage of mobile means customers can be connected right away, avoiding fibre installation delays, and preventing the anxiousness of the 2025 switch off and 2023 “stop-sell” deadline looming upon us. 

With access to multiple mobile networks, M2M IoT SIMs can prioritise the strongest signal during network outages and can switch automatically, preventing maintenance issues or loss of connection. Despite 95% of the UK having access to fibre broadband, it’s not always the right solution, especially for businesses who need to connect sites right away, or those wanting to avoid long contract commitments. Legacy issues surrounding signal strength and QoS in remote locations are solved, as multi-network M2M IoT SIMs will connect to the strongest signal available and are network agnostic. Meaning if a cellular network problem occurs, it will simply automatically swap to the next strongest alternative network. Concerns on data caps and the amount of control over the data usage can be squashed, the level of customisation and the management tools available with M2M IoT SIMs will leave businesses and providers with more control and flexibility than before. 

To conclude, it’s not a question of which Hosted Voice (VoIP) or Mobile solution looks better or is more affordable, it’s about how the solution will match with a business’s operations and what benefits it will bring. The vast opportunities brought about by the switch off, not only for voice solutions but for all other specialist services, provides great financial openings and benefits waiting to be grasped. M2M IoT Mobile Connectivity is a massive opportunity for the Channel. Partner with Cellhire and discover new solutions to grow your M2M IoT revenue. Start getting involved today.

Visit: https://www.cellhire.co.uk/partners#contact-form

Email: resellers@cellhire.com

Call: +44 (0)1904 610610 

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Cellhire wins Best Mobile/IoT Customer Solution award at the Comms National Awards 2021

British mobile telecoms specialist Cellhire plc won Best Mobile/IoT Customer Solution award at the prestigious Comms National Awards 2021, held 7th October in Mayfair, London. 

In addition to winning the award, Cellhire achieved finalist status for ‘Best Enterprise Managed Service Customer Solution’ and ‘Best Wholesale Service Provider (Above £10M)’ categories.

The award recognises the company for its connectivity solution for the ongoing nationwide NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme. The programme has seen Cellhire provide UK and multi-network mobile data connections to over 2100 Covid-19 NHS England vaccination sites, enabling them to update patient records in real-time. The number of sites continues to grow with the current booster programme.

Cellhire’s solution comprises state-of-the-art Peplink mobile routers coupled with high-speed secure mobile data, enabling large numbers of devices to connect to a network utilising the latest WiFi technology. Allowing for rapid deployment and remote visibility of devices, the solution includes “inControl2”, a smart remote management application that is pre-configured and ready to use, making life simpler for all the users. Built with contingency in mind, the routers are equipped with the ability to switch to a failover network if the primary network is unavailable.

In its 20th year, the Comms National Awards remains one of the ICT channel’s most respected and coveted awards. The awards are independently judged by a panel of industry experts who recognise quality across the channel spectrum by assessing awards in both reseller and vendor categories.

Matt Bennett, UK Managing Director, Cellhire plc

Cellhire UK Managing Director, Matt Bennett says “I am extremely proud of the Cellhire team and the success Cellhire has achieved at the Comms National Awards.

“COVID-19 has been the single greatest public health emergency in the history of the NHS and it’s a great honour for Cellhire to be part of the backbone of the vaccine programme. The solutions that we are providing are helping to manage the vaccination of millions of people as quickly as possible.

“The ability Cellhire has to deliver multi-network secure mobile data, quickly and at scale, is thanks to its strong global network partnerships and its robust and resilient team.

Cellhire seeks additional resellers   

“As a direct partner of Vodafone, O2 and EE, Cellhire is keen to expand its partnerships in the channel and to that end we are actively seeking additional resellers for our partner programme,” says Bennett. “These resellers would typically want a comms partner with a track record in providing voice, data and IoT via multiple direct network solutions that are competitive, flexible and innovative and all supported by our market-leading portal.” cellhire.co.uk/partners

Cellhire provided NHS England with managed mobile data solutions delivering connectivity to more than 2100 vaccination sites throughout England, as they were being identified and set up in real-time. This dynamic project was one of the most important customer requirements Cellhire has ever been involved in. In addition, Cellhire is in the process of providing connectivity to an additional 600+ new NHS vaccination sites for the UK booster programme.

Working around-the-clock, including over the Christmas and New Year period, the collaboration from both Cellhire and its partners delivered the connectivity and technical hardware solution required by each vaccination site announced by the UK government. This vital connectivity helped ensure that the NHS were able to deliver a large-scale vaccination programme without significantly impacting on other key services.

About Cellhire

Cellhire is a leading global service provider of mobile communications, providing proven, robust and secure mobile connectivity to users worldwide.

Established in 1987, the group has offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan. Partnering with network operators globally, Cellhire provides short and long-term mobile communication services to major companies worldwide.

The company is committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service which is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire is Investors in People (IIP) certified and won the highly coveted Queen’s Award for International Enterprise, as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of mobile communication solutions for events around the world. 

More at: www.cellhire.info  

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Mobile comms specialist Cellhire wins Gold in Tokyo

Cellhire is providing 12,000 mobile data connections to the organisers, media, athletes and attendees at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics 

The company will provide the same service at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in China and 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar next year

Tim Taylor,
Chief Operating Officer, Cellhire plc

British mobile telecoms specialist Cellhire plc is providing 12,000 mobile data connections to global media organisations, athletes and attendees at the COVID-19-delayed 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo and other venues in‎ Japan. 

The media organisations include public and commercial tv, radio and online-streaming broadcasters, as well as print and online newspapers. They are utilising large data bundles on Cellhire SIM cards, smartphones, mobile hotspots and other value-added telecoms services in order to broadcast and report in real-time.

The athletes, organisers and COVID-19-limited attendees are benefiting from reliable, secure and affordable data bundles, enabling them to communicate not only in Japan, but importantly, with family and friends in their home countries. To assist the IOC and organising committee Cellhire supplied smartphones pre-loaded with the required COVID-19 tracking apps. Cellhire also has an on-ground support team based near the athlete’s village and broadcast centre in central Tokyo, providing a perfect platform to support its Olympic clients.

Cellhire will provide the same service at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in China and 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar next year, where the company has established relationships with network providers China Unicom and Ooredoo.

“We have an excellent track record in the global sports and entertainment fields for providing data connections and telecom solutions through the close relationship we have with network providers around the world,” says Cellhire Group Chief Operating Officer Tim Taylor.

“Cellhire is the preferred supplier for mobile data connectivity for clients involved in very large events including the Olympic, Paralympic and Winter Olympic Games, UEFA Euro Finals, FIFA World Cup, the Tour de France and Cannes Film Festival.

“In total, we have provided many tens of thousands of connections at major events, allowing the media to have reliable and secure data communications to live-broadcast to their audiences”, Taylor adds. 

About Cellhire

Cellhire is a leading global service provider of mobile communications, providing proven, robust and secure mobile connectivity to users worldwide.

Established in 1987, the group has offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan. Partnering with network operators globally, Cellhire provides short and long-term mobile communication services to major companies worldwide.

The company is committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service which is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire is Investors in People (IIP) certified and won the highly coveted Queen’s Award for International Enterprise, as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of mobile communication solutions for events around the world. 

More at: www.cellhire.info 

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Cellhire appoints new business development manager, Simon Fort, to boost channel presence

Former Head of Mobile for 9 Group, Simon Fort, starts new role at Cellhire to grow its position as top mobile telecoms provider

Simon Fort, Cellhire

Global mobile telecoms provider Cellhire has appointed Simon Fort to the newly created position of UK Business Development Manager, Reseller Channel, responsible for the growth and development of key strategic partnerships within the UK mobile telecoms reseller industry.  He joins Cellhire from 9 Group, where he was Head of Mobile.

Fort’s 25 years’ experience in mobile includes working with some of the largest operators and retailers in the industry, including Vodafone, O2, Three and Tesco Mobile. During that time he honed his skills in product marketing and sales, and developed a deep understanding of the mobile market, its technology and business drivers.

Prior to 9 Group, Fort was a key account manager responsible for the delivery of telecom training solutions to Tesco Mobile, O2 and The Carphone Warehouse, and was previously Head of Product Marketing, Nokia UK.

At Cellhire he will help build company identity, market new products and support the overall journey for the Cellhire channel customer base.

Fort comments,  “The partner proposition from Cellhire is second to none. With direct access to Vodafone, O2 and EE, plus a multitude of international relationships, we believe we have an unbeatable offering.”

Great time to join

He adds, “It’s a great time to join the business because, as a direct wholesale partner for the top three UK MNOs, Cellhire can offer its partners extremely competitive commercials across a wide range of network tariffs and bespoke solutions. Added to this, Cellhire’s self-service SIM management portal employs network level APIs and allows partners to manage their mobile estate, anytime, anywhere.

“With my experience in the indirect channel I’m very much looking forward to growing Cellhire’s partner business and further developing the company as a key provider of wholesale mobile services to the reseller community.”

Matt Bennett, Cellhire UK Managing Director, says, “Cellhire extends a warm welcome to Simon. His expansive background in mobile telecoms will be a real aid when onboarding new partners and strengthening our position as the leadingmobile telecoms provider to resellers. He’s a great fit for our UK and International Airtime solutions, where we have established expert status, particularly in flexible data offerings and M2M/IoT.

“His appointment demonstrates the lengths Cellhire will go to attract the right reseller partner.”

Web: www.cellhire.co.uk/partners

About Cellhire

Cellhire is a leading global service provider of mobile communications, providing proven, robust and secure mobile connectivity to users worldwide.

Established in 1987, the group has offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan. Partnering with network operators globally, Cellhire provides short and long-term mobile communication services to major companies worldwide.

The company is committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service which is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire is Investors in People (IIP) certified and won the highly coveted Queen’s Award for International Enterprise, as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of mobile communication solutions for events around the world.

More at: www.cellhire.info  

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Cellhire launches intelligent MVNO ‘eSIMsmart’

Global mobile telecoms provider Cellhire launches its principal eSIM-based MVNO brand ‘eSIMsmart’ and becomes a member of the GSMA.

eSIMsmart Logo

Cellhire B2B customers in France will be the first to take advantage of the company’s innovative approach to data and voice solutions available on eSIMsmart, prior to a full global roll-out later this quarter. As a Full MVNO, Cellhire has built its own core network, has a French MNC [Mobile Network Code] and IMSI [International Mobile Subscriber Identity] range and has installed local PGWs [Packet Gateways] to ensure minimal data latency.

“Becoming a MVNO, a mobile network and member of the GSMA is an important step for Cellhire with its long history as one of the leading innovative and global mobile telecoms providers,” says Cellhire Group Technology Director Peter Whelerton.

The company’s full global roll-out will see eSIMsmart utilise a multi-IMSI, eSIM configuration using roaming IMSIs. To achieve maximum global network reach, Cellhire is working with new and existing network partners to add more MNOs globally.

Cellhire has carved out a niche providing SIMs capable of very large data volumes to business customers and for use in mobile broadband devices and IoT devices. As these devices modernise, using EUICC [Embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card] SIM chipsets capable of receiving an over-the-air profile, eSIMsmart makes it possible to update customer needs remotely.

“The implementation of eSIM technology paves the way for our next evolution of forward-looking competitive domestic and roaming airtime products, while future-proofing our global distribution network for the delivery of over-the-air changes,” Whelerton adds.

Twenty months in the making, the MVNO project cements a long-standing relationship with Orange France that has enabled Cellhire to deliver market-beating data and voice SIMs across Europe. Initially using the M2M eSIM specification, Cellhire engineers developed an intelligent eSIM platform capable of pushing the right bespoke profile to deliver cost-effective voice and data as the SIM travels.

“The profiles use a clever combination of domestic, roaming and sponsored roaming profiles which can be provisioned over-the-air, direct to a customer’s SIM,” says Whelerton, adding:

“eSIMsmart leverages the power of Cellhire’s 30 plus years in the telecoms industry, its MNO relationships and global reach. In addition, each eSIM is delivered over-the-air cutting out logistics and reducing SIM plastic waste making it more environmentally friendly.”

Real-time control

Cellhire Chief Executive Officer, Martyn Stevens, says, “The launch of the eSIMsmart brand is an incredibly important milestone for Cellhire. Being a MVNO gives us total control over the commercial offerings, tariffing and real-time visibility that customers require. Real-time visibility is vitally important in an area where Cellhire already excels, that of cellular IoT plans with large data bundles.”

“Traditionally IoT devices use tiny amounts of data but there is a growing number of IoT devices that require much larger bandwidth, with different control mechanisms, which is where Cellhire’s industry-known Atlas SIM Management and Billing platform comes in,” he says. “The integration of eSIMsmart into the already-powerful platform extends even further the real-time control and visibility Cellhire has of all data and calls flowing through its core network. The fully featured Atlas SIM Management Platform is entirely backed by a customer-accessible API.”

About Cellhire

Cellhire is a leading Global Service Provider of mobile communications, providing proven, robust and secure mobile connectivity to users worldwide.

Established in 1987, the Group has offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan. Partnering with network operators globally, Cellhire provides short and long-term mobile communication services to leading companies worldwide.

The Company is committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service which is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire is Investors in People (IIP) certified and won the highly coveted Queen’s Award for International Enterprise, as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of mobile communication solutions for events around the world.

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Cellhire UK supports NHS COVID-19 vaccination rollout

York-based global telecommunications provider Cellhire is supporting UK mobile network operator O2 to connect over 1600 NHS vaccination sites in England with a range of connectivity solutions across multiple networks.

Working around-the-clock, including over the Christmas and New Year period, the combined effort from both companies is delivering the connectivity and technical hardware solution required by each vaccination site announced by the UK government. This vital connectivity will help ensure that the NHS is able to deliver a large-scale vaccination programme without significantly impacting on other key services.

The technical solution consists of state-of-the-art Peplink mobile routers coupled with high-speed secure mobile data. This provides the ability for significant numbers of devices to connect utilising the latest WiFi technology. Allowing for rapid deployment and remote visibility of devices, the solution includes a smart remote management application providing confidence it is configured and ready for use the first time and every time. Built with contingency in mind, the routers are equipped with the ability to switch to a failover network if the primary network is unavailable.

Cellhire UK Managing Director, Matt Bennett says “COVID-19 has been the single greatest public health emergency in the history of the NHS and it’s a great honour for Cellhire to be part of the backbone of the vaccine programme. The solutions that we are providing will help in managing the vaccination of millions of people as quickly as possible.”

“I am extremely proud of the Cellhire team that has worked diligently around the clock in order to fulfil these requirements.”

“The ability Cellhire has to deliver multi-network secure mobile data, quickly and at scale, is thanks to its strong global network partnerships and its robust and resilient team.”

About Cellhire

Cellhire, a leading Global Service Provider of mobile communications, offers an easy way for businesses to stay connected when travelling around the world. 

Established in 1987, the Group has offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan. Partnering with network operators globally, Cellhire provides short and long-term mobile communication services to leading companies worldwide.

The Company is committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service which is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire is Investors in People (IIP) certified and won the highly coveted Queen’s Award for International Enterprise, as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of mobile communication solutions for events around the world.

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Cellhire supports global vaccination effort

Global mobile telecommunications provider Cellhire continues to work around-the-clock to provide secure, high speed data connections for thousands of vaccination sites worldwide. The company is engaged with governments, appointed private enterprise and network operators to provide rapid rollout of mobile data connectivity to the sites.

Cellhire Group CEO Martyn Stevens says, “COVID-19 has been a devastating public health emergency that has reached every corner of the globe. It is an honour for Cellhire to play our part and be an important component in helping to establish and support vaccination programmes in Europe and the USA.”

“The complexity of the rollout has seen Cellhire involved directly with large corporates in the USA and indirectly as a partner to Mobile Network Operators [MNOs] in other countries including the UK and France, providing equipment and airtime for mobile connectivity. The flexibility of Cellhire has really been highlighted by our capability to deliver mobile connectivity on time and at scale to thousands of vaccination sites worldwide.”

One of the more technical solutions being provided by Cellhire is mobile Pepwave routers coupled with high-speed secure mobile data. The routers enable a significant number of devices (typically, laptops and tablets) to connect to remote patient record databases utilising the latest Wi-Fi technology.

Allowing for rapid deployment and remote visibility of devices, the solution includes a smart remote management application that is pre-configured and ready for use, making life simpler for all the users. Built with contingency in mind, the routers are equipped with the ability to switch to a failover network if the primary network is unavailable.

Cellhire has the ability to deliver multi-network secure mobile data, quickly and at scale, thanks to its strong, proven-over-many-years global mobile network partnerships and robust and resilient teams.

AllTalk VoIP for healthcare providers

Elsewhere, Cellhire is providing its VoIP (Voice over IP) solution, AllTalk, to healthcare providers in place of traditional phone systems. AllTalk facilitates the rapid deployment of an easy to manage phone system where multiple call handlers can be reached from a single local phone number wherever they are based. AllTalk is handling thousands of incoming calls from patients calling to book their vaccination appointments.

For example, in France, a hospital was faced with the major operational challenge of running a COVID-19 vaccination centre. It urgently needed a local telephone number that could be answered by multiple call-handlers regardless of location, which would enable patients to book vaccination appointments. Cellhire provided its AllTalk app-based solution with a single local number that automatically routes calls to multiple call-handlers wherever they are based.

The solution allowed the hospital to successfully launch a single phone number vaccine appointment service. The AllTalk App supports multiple call-handlers and enables the hospital to handle large volumes of simultaneous incoming calls.

Stevens adds, “Our global footprint and close working relationships with key MNOs and hardware partners is ensuring undisrupted services and supply chains for operations teams in these challenging times.”

“As many will be aware, Cellhire has extensive experience in providing connectivity for use at large scale events including the Olympics, Paralympics and FIFA World Cup, supplying tens of thousands of mobile data connections to global media companies, international broadcasters, athletes, sponsors, teams, and spectators.”

“For the vaccinations programmes, our systems were well placed to meet the urgent demand over the Christmas and New Year period in particular.”

About Cellhire

Cellhire, a leading Global Service Provider of mobile communications, offers an easy way for businesses to stay connected when travelling around the world. 

Established in 1987, the Group has offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan. Partnering with network operators globally, Cellhire provides short and long-term mobile communication services to leading companies worldwide.

The Company is committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service which is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire is Investors in People (IIP) certified and won the highly coveted Queen’s Award for International Enterprise, as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of mobile communication solutions for events around the world.

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Cellhire Reaches Major MVNO Milestone

7th October 2020, York, UK. Leading Global Telecoms Provider Cellhire achieves mission-critical milestone with the first eSIM profiles being deployed during the development of its principal MVNO, utilising eSIM technology.

The implementation of eSIM technology versus the logistical constraints of physical SIM cards will future-proof its global distribution network and deliver over-the-air changes. The success of this achievement paves the way for a Q1 2021 market launch, where the company will deliver the next evolution of competitive domestic and roaming airtime products.

The project is 14 months in the making as Cellhire becomes a Full MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] in France, cementing a long-standing relationship that has delivered market-beating voice and data SIMs across Europe.

Cellhire Group Technology Director, Peter Whelerton, says, “Cellhire has built its own core network and has a French MNC [Mobile Network Code] and IMSI [International Mobile Subscriber Identity] range. The Full MVNO is the foundation for a forward-looking product range. Cellhire engineers have developed an innovative eSIM platform capable of delivering a bespoke combination of domestic, roaming and sponsored roaming IMSIs over-the-air to a customer’s SIM to deliver the most cost-effective solution.”

“It’s a product that provides cutting-edge delivery methods to leverage the power of Cellhire’s 30 plus years in the telecoms industry, MNO [Mobile Network Operator] relationship and global reach. Innovatively delivered over-the-air, it is environmentally friendly.”

Cellhire has carved out a niche providing SIMs capable of very large data volumes to business customers and for use in mobile broadband devices. As these devices modernise, using EUICC (Embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card) SIM chipsets capable of receiving an over-the-air profile, this project makes it possible to update customer needs remotely.

Cellhire Chief Executive Officer, Martyn Stevens, says, “The full package gives Cellhire total control over the commercial offerings, tariffing and real-time control. The latter is vitally important in an area where Cellhire already excel, that of Big Data IoT.”

“Traditionally IoT devices use tiny amounts of data but there are a growing number of IoT devices that require much larger bandwidth, with different control mechanisms, which is where Cellhire’s Atlas Billing and SIM Control platform come in,” he says, adding, “Fully featured and entirely backed by a customer-accessible API, the aim to extend even further the real-time control aspects as Cellhire will have total real-time visibility of all data and calls as it flows through its core network.”

The company will initially launch as an MVNO domestically in France with innovative data and voice solutions in early Q1 2021. This will be followed by an international launch with a multi-IMSI, eSIM configuration using roaming IMSIs in Q2 2021. To achieve maximum global network reach, Cellhire is dynamically working with its new and existing network partners to on-board additional MNOs globally.

About Cellhire

Cellhire is a leading Global Service Provider of mobile communications that offers an easy way for businesses to stay connected when travelling around the world.

Established in 1987, the Group has offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan. Partnering with network operators globally, Cellhire provides short and long-term mobile communication services to leading companies worldwide.

The Company is committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service which is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire is Investors in People (IIP) certified and won the highly coveted Queen’s Award for International Enterprise, as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of mobile communication solutions for events around the world.

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Cellhire franchit une étape importante dans le cadre de son projet MVNO.

7 octobre 2020, Paris, France. Cellhire, fournisseur mondial de télécommunications, franchit une étape cruciale en déployant ses premiers profils eSIM dans le cadre du développement de son MVNO, en utilisant la technologie eSIM.

La mise en œuvre de la technologie eSIM, par rapport aux contraintes logistiques des cartes SIM physiques, permettra à son réseau de distribution mondial d’être à l’épreuve du temps et de réaliser tous les changements en instantané. Le succès de cette étape ouvre la voie à un lancement sur le marché au premier trimestre 2021, date à laquelle l’entreprise présentera aussi ses évolutions de produits et de tarifs, toujours plus compétitifs, pour le marché local et l’itinérance.

Le projet est en cours de déploiement depuis 14 mois et Cellhire, en devenant un MVNO [opérateur de réseau mobile virtuel] complet en France, consolide ainsi une relation de longue date qui a permis d’offrir des services voix et internet supérieurs à ceux du marché, dans toute l’Europe.

Le Directeur Technologique du groupe Cellhire, Peter Whelerton, déclare : “Cellhire a construit son propre cœur réseau et dispose de son MNC français [Mobile Network Code] et de plusieurs IMSI [International Mobile Subscriber Identity]. Le Full MVNO est le point de départ d’une nouvelle gamme de produits tournés vers l’avenir. Les ingénieurs de Cellhire ont développé une plateforme eSIM innovante capable de fournir une combinaison sur mesure d’IMSI domestiques, de roaming et de roaming parrainé afin d’offrir la solution la plus rentable pour chacun de nos clients”.

“La eSIM est une prestation de pointe pour tirer parti de la puissance des 30 années d’expérience de Cellhire dans l’industrie des télécommunications, de sa relation avec les MNO [opérateurs de réseaux mobiles] et de son ambition internationale. Complètement dématérialisée, elle est également respectueuse de l’environnement”.

Cellhire s’est créé une niche en proposant des cartes SIM capables de traiter de très gros volumes de data pour les clients professionnels et pour une utilisation dans des appareils mobiles haut débit. Au fur et à mesure que ces appareils se modernisent, en utilisant des puces SIM EUICC (Embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card) capables de recevoir un profil opérateur en direct, ce projet permet de répondre aux besoins des clients à distance.

Le Directeur Général du Groupe Cellhire, Martyn Stevens, déclare : “Le MVNO donne à Cellhire un contrôle total sur les offres commerciales, la tarification et les usages en temps réel. Ce dernier point est d’une importance vitale dans un domaine où Cellhire excelle déjà, celui des gros forfaits IOT”.

“Traditionnellement, les dispositifs IoT utilisent de minuscules quantités de données, mais il existe un nombre croissant de terminaux qui nécessitent une bande passante beaucoup plus large, avec différents mécanismes de contrôle, et c’est là qu’intervient la plateforme Atlas Billing et SIM Control de Cellhire”, dit-il, ajoutant : “Entièrement fonctionnelle et entièrement soutenue par une API accessible au client, l’objectif est d’étendre encore plus les aspects de contrôle en temps réel, car Cellhire aura une visibilité totale de toutes les données et appels qui transitent par son cœur de réseau”.

La société sera lancée en tant que MVNO sur le marché français dès le premier trimestre 2021, avec des solutions innovantes pour l’internet et les communications téléphoniques. Elle sera suivie d’un lancement international avec une configuration multi-IMSI et eSIM utilisant des IMSI en itinérance au cours du deuxième trimestre 2021. Afin d’atteindre une portée maximale, Cellhire travaille de manière dynamique avec ses partenaires mobiles internationaux,  nouveaux et existants, pour embarquer des MNO supplémentaires dans le monde entier.

À propos de Cellhire

Cellhire est l’un des principaux fournisseurs mondiaux de services de communications mobiles qui offre aux entreprises un moyen facile de rester connectées lorsqu’elles voyagent dans le monde entier.

Créé en 1987, le groupe possède des bureaux au Royaume-Uni, aux États-Unis, en France, en Allemagne et au Japon. En partenariat avec des opérateurs internationaux, Cellhire fournit des services de communication mobile en courte et en longue durée à des entreprises majeures dans le monde entier.

La société s’engage à fournir les plus hauts standards de service à la clientèle, ce qui est souligné par l’obtention continue de la norme ISO 9001:2015, la norme de qualité reconnue au niveau international. Cellhire est certifiée Investors in People (IIP) et a remporté le très convoité Queen’s Award for International Enterprise, grâce à son succès en tant que spécialiste de la fourniture de solutions de communication mobile pour des grands événements internationaux.