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What’s the difference between 3G, 4G and LTE?

When using data on your smartphone or tablet device you are likely to have heard of 3G, 4G and LTE. In basic terms, this describes how fast the internet will run over a wireless data connection.

4G LTE 3G Data

3G stands for “Third Generation” and originally enabled wireless devices to operate at speeds which made web browsing a more enjoyable experience. Whilst this gave users the ability to regularly use the internet when ‘on the go’, there were still issues regarding the time that it took to open certain web pages as well as struggling to meet the increased demand for wireless mobile internet.

4G or “Fourth Generation” technology has become increasingly popular all across the globe due to the fast data speeds available. This allows users to do far more than check emails and basic web browsing; 4G allows for music streaming, fast and reliable web browsing and the ability to use a device as a portable entertainment centre. Many new devices have the ability to operate on the 4G network and this number is set to continue rising due to the benefits of the 4G technology.

LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution” and is a popular term used in North America to describe the journey of acquiring fast mobile data connections. Currently both 4G and LTE mobile technologies have similar connection speeds and both are substantially more advanced than devices that still operate on 3G.

SO WHAT’S IN THE FUTURE?

It is likely that in forthcoming years we will see a widespread increase in 4G/LTE network coverage due to the increased demand for faster mobile data connection speeds. Consumer habits have led to 3G technology rapidly becoming outdated, which is why more and more consumers feel the need to invest in 4G/LTE compatible devices.

As the need for data roaming increases, fast data bundles for worldwide and European data roaming are becoming more popular and dramatically reduce the cost of using internet abroad.

Following the rapidly advancing technological age that we live in, it would be wise to expect the development and introduction of 5G networks in the near future. This would be expected to transfer data at electrifying speeds and would offer large scale benefits to both consumers and society as a whole.

 

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Cellhire Strengthens Presence in Brazil

York, UK. Cellhire, the international mobile solutions specialist, has opened a new office in Sao Paulo to capitalise on the expanding Brazilian market and build a platform to serve its global customer base for the Olympics that Brazil will host in 2016. The event will be used as a springboard to further establish the new office and gain a strong domestic foothold for business after the Olympics.

Cellhire's Martyn Stevens
Cellhire’s Martyn Stevens

Last year Cellhire delivered over 14,000 connections at the FIFA World Cup as both business and media descended on Brazil for one of the biggest events in the world. Cellhire has laid the appropriate foundations to maximise Brazil’s next big event in 2016 and capitalise on the growing Brazilian market. Cellhire will be offering voice and data connections, supporting live reporting from Rio to news desks around the world.

Martyn Stevens, Director of International Business Development at Cellhire says “Our new office in Brazil is a fantastic opportunity for Cellhire to break into Latin America and build on the back of our success at the FIFA World Cup. We’re looking forward to Rio 2016 and we have our unique network agreements in place to really make the most of it and to get our latest office off to a great start.”

The Olympics kick off in Rio in August 2016 and Cellhire has already secured some major connection numbers for the event with some customers traveling out to Brazil as early as May 2016.

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Cellhire launches all new cellhire.com

This July saw the launch of the all new cellhire.com website, offering a new range of mobile products for customers travelling abroad from the US. The new product range focusses on offering a smaller but more flexible selection of voice and data solutions.

Cellhire.com now includes purchase products for voice allowing customers to choose from a phone and SIM or SIM-only solution which covers either international or European destinations. In a departure from the traditional Cellhire rental approach, customers now pay a single fee and keep their devices, SIM cards and numbers. There are no recurring charges and customers only receive a bill for calls when they are made.

The major new addition to the portfolio is  a prepaid data offer allowing customers to choose data bundle sizes ranging from 100MB to 1GB from as little as $29, with the additional option of adding a MiFi mobile hotspot device for only $59. Customers can buy data bundles to use in multiple zones around the world including 33 countries in Europe and two further zones, one adding key global destinations to the Europe package and the final zone covering most of the world’s key destinations.

New and existing Cellhire customers looking for rentals products can still find these products at cellhire.com/rentals where all of Cellhire’s classic rental products covering 100 specific countries around the world are still on offer. The Rentals site has also had a full revamp to reflect the new Cellhire style.

Visit cellhire.com now to see the great new product range and don’t forget to check out cellhire.com/rentals to see how we have improved the look of our rentals site.

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Cellhire makes HSBC Global Connections finalists

Cellhire, the international mobile solutions specialist, has been shortlisted along with 44 other regional finalists as part of the HSBC Global Connections competition.

Over the past three years, the HSBC Global Connections Competition has sent 138 dynamic businesses to International Exchanges in some of the world’s fastest-growing markets and awarded access to over £3bn in funding. This year the field was widened to take in companies with a turnover of up to £100m.

The 45 Regional Finalists in the competition represent businesses across the UK which show the innovation, distinctiveness and strategic thinking that makes them future global players. The 45 finalists will progress to the regional finals in June and face a panel of judges who will whittle the list down to select National Finalists before the overall winners for 2014 are decided.

Tim Williams, Cellhire’s Chairman and CEO said: “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted out of so many businesses across the UK. HSBC’s recognition of our progress expanding globally is greatly appreciated and I am very much looking forward to June.”

The next 12 months will see Cellhire supply competing teams, key sponsors and the worlds’ media with telecoms as they attend the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Recent successes for the business have included delivering over 15,000 connections at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Cellhire plans to continue expanding its existing business portfolio internationally, particularly in BRIC economies.

For more information on the HSBC Global Connections competition, visit the HSBC website at: https://globalconnections.hsbc.com/united-kingdom/en/

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Cellhire to supply Cannes Marché du Film 2014

Cannes SIM CardMay 2014 will see the 67th Festival de Cannes and Cellhire will again be the official supplier of the Marché du Film for the 14th consecutive year. Throughout the festival critics, producers, distributors, film crews and stars will be able to keep in touch and stay online thanks to Cellhire’s portfolio of voice and data solutions specifically designed for festival attendees. Smartphones, mobile WiFi routers and SIM only products are among those on offer at the event.

Through a unique agreement with Orange France, Cellhire is able to offer 4G service and excellent coverage in Cannes and across France. The company will also be supporting its customers at the event itself with a team of Cellhire specialists on site at the Palais des Festivals venue. Offering on-site support allows Cellhire to maintain its signature high levels of customer service and gives attendees the option to collect and return their equipment at the main Festival venue.

Cellhire’s Aymeric Bouffard, Managing Director of Americas and Mainland Europe said “We are delighted to be supporting the Festival de Cannes for another year. Our partnerships with Marché du Film and Orange France have enabled us to offer some of our fastest products yet to more customers than ever before.”

Cellhire is offering 4G data speeds of up to 150Mb/s for the first time at Cannes. The choice of 3G and 4G data speeds are on offer for all attendees, both are available with mobile WiFi hotspot devices to share the connection between multiple devices on the go.

Cellhire is also behind the Cinando iPhone app, giving Marché du Film participants access to the film industry at their fingertips.

Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director of Marché du Film commented “Cellhire has developed a wonderful mobile app that is quick, clear and makes great use of the iPhone user interface, helping us bring the power of the Cinando database to our members at film festivals and markets throughout the year”.

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Cellhire breaks the ice in Sochi

Sochi Russian SIM CardCellhire, the international mobile communications specialist, has committed significant resource over the last two years to break into the Russian market in preparation for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Milestones have included opening a Moscow office in September 2012 and establishing partnerships for delivering products and services within Russia.

Around 15,000 connections have been delivered by Cellhire for the Winter Olympics through their partnership with MegaFon, the Russian mobile network. Leading media companies from around the world and numerous Olympic organizations have been using Cellhire’s products and services on location from as early as August 2013 as they geared up for the Games. Cellhire has successfully worked with MegaFon at other major events in Russia as recently as the World Athletics Championships in Moscow in 2013.

A Russian presence for the company has been critical to achieving success in Sochi and enables the business to capitalize on the FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Tim Williams, Chairman and CEO of Cellhire said, ‘Our record year at the London Olympics working with key sponsors, Olympic organizations and some of the world’s biggest media corporations has given us great momentum to build on at events outside of the UK. We are delighted with our success in Sochi and our progress in Russia over the past 18 months.’

Cellhire’s unique agreement with MegaFon has enabled the company to offer English voicemail services and 4G coverage in Sochi. No other Russian networks will be offering these services making Cellhire’s mobile offers some of the best and fastest available at the Games.

Commenting on the Cellhire and MegaFon partnership, Bogdanova Nadejda, Senior Development Manager of Small and Medium Business at MegaFon said: “The unique offers we have with Cellhire have put us in an excellent position to maximise the inbound opportunities coming to our region in the near future.”

Cellhire is offering both voice and data connections in Sochi, supporting live reporting from the event to news desks around the world.

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Cellhire FD makes the cut

Tim Taylor, Cellhire’s Finance and Operations Director, has been named as one of the top 20 in the country at a BDO event held at the Haymarket Hotel in London on the 4th December.

The event, hosted by the accountancy network BDO, was celebrating it’s Hot 20 FD’s in the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) sector and saw 70 financial officers from across the UK nominated for the top 20 accolade. Tim was described as a ‘hands on FD who thrives on challenges’.

More information can be found on the BDO website:

http://www.bdo.co.uk/sectors/technology-media-and-telecoms/hot-20-fds-in-tmt