IoT, Partners, UK News

Cellhire wins Best IoT Application Award at the Mobile News Awards 2022

British mobile telecoms specialist Cellhire plc won the Best IoT Application Award for its NHS Covid-19 project at the prestigious Mobile News Awards 2022, held on 19th May at InterContinental London Park Lane.

In addition, Cellhire received commendations for the Best Airtime Partner Portal and the Best Covid Response Initiative categories.

Matt Bennett, Cellhire UK Managing Director, right, with UK team

The Best IoT Application Award recognises the company for its IoT data 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 2500 Covid-19 NHS England vaccination sites, enabling them to update patient records in real-time.

The Best Airtime Partner Portal Commendation recognises the company for its inhouse “Atlas SIM Management Portal”, which provides a single, secure website for partners to access their entire SIM base from 40 global mobile networks supplied by Cellhire. Partners are not limited to only UK MNOs O2, Vodafone and EE, like many competitor portals. Partners can manage International MNOs, UK and Global IoT Airtimes, and provision SIMs and eSIMs that have multi-IMSI functionality.

Running since 1995, the Mobile News Awards is the UK mobile channel’s biggest awards event judged by impartial, independent experts.

Cellhire UK Managing Director, Matt Bennett says “I am extremely proud of the Cellhire team, particularly for its at times round-the-clock dedication to the rollout and ongoing support of the mobile data connectivity part of the vaccine programme – and the success Cellhire has achieved at the Mobile News 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 still 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.

“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.”

If you would like to partner with an award-winning company to further boost your revenue opportunities through mobile sales, including Voice & Data, M2M and IoT, then Cellhire is the perfect partner for you. Please contact our channel-focused team at resellers@cellhire.com or visit www.cellhire.co.uk/partners

About Cellhire

Cellhire (www.cellhire.info) is a leading global telecoms provider of mobile communications, M2M and IoT services and data connectivity to enterprise clients and indirect partners worldwide.

Established in 1987, the group serves EMEA, Americas and APAC with offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan. Partnering with mobile network operators globally, Cellhire provides access to mobile connectivity at market-leading commercials to 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.

Since 2019, Cellhire has attained ISO 27001, the internationally recognised Information Security Management System Standard (ISMS), due to the implementation of information security management systems and best practices regarding information security.

IoT, Partners, UK News

Cellhire appoints Head of Sales – M2M & IoT Connectivity, Duncan Griffiths, to drive strategic growth

Global M2M and IoT mobile data specialist Cellhire has appointed Duncan Griffiths to the newly created position of Head of Sales – M2M & IoT Connectivity. His responsibilities include leading the strategic M2M and IoT sales focus for Cellhire in the UK, France and across Europe to drive additional growth in this space. He joins Cellhire from BT, where he was Head of Sales – M2M and IoT Connectivity.

Duncan Griffiths, Head of Sales – M2M & IoT Connectivity

Griffiths’ 35 years’ experience in mobile includes 10 years at BT in the Head of Sales position, where he worked with different MNOs and service providers and developed a deep understanding of the M2M and IoT connectivity market.

At Cellhire Griffiths will lead the Group’s strategic sales focus for M2M & IoT connectivity, helping to shape business identity and bring new products and solutions to market.

Griffiths comments, “It’s a significant and exciting time to join Cellhire. As a direct wholesale partner of the top three UK MNOs, and through the capabilities of its full MVNO eSIMsmart, Cellhire offers extremely competitive M2M and IoT commercials across a wide range of networks and tariffs. Additionally, Fixed IP, Custom APN, Multi-IMSI, as well as access to standard roaming networks and 40+ global local network agreements, mean Cellhire can offer roaming and in-country deployments, ensuring commercial and network flexibility.

“Additionally, Cellhire provides real-time SIM control across multiple networks, through its self-service Atlas SIM Management & Billing Portal, which employs network-level APIs.

“Cellhire’s capability aligns to what customers demand in deploying critical M2M and IoT solutions, including technology and network choices on a local and global basis. With my deep and extensive experience in the market, I’m looking forward to shaping Cellhire’s M2M and IoT sales strategy, and further advancing the company as a global M2M and IoT mobile data specialist.”

Martyn Stevens, Cellhire Group CEO, says, “Duncan joins Cellhire at an exciting time as we gear up our sales resource both in the UK and France to drive growth in the M2M & IoT and Indirect Channel.

“The M2M and IoT space in telecoms continues to grow rapidly. With 2G/3G sunsetting, PSTN switch off and continued 5G rollouts, the opportunities will open up even further as businesses look for a connectivity upgrade path. Duncan’s specialist knowledge will support the business globally, but his main focus and remit is to drive sales in the UK, France and across Europe.

“Duncan joins us from BT where he has been Head of Sales – IoT Connectivity Solutions for the past 10 years. Duncan is well known in the industry and his career background, working with different MNOs and service providers, ensures he is well placed to lead our strategic sales focus in this space.”

About Cellhire

Cellhire (www.cellhire.info) is a leading global telecoms provider of mobile communications, M2M and IoT services and data connectivity to enterprise clients and indirect partners worldwide.

Established in 1987, the group serves EMEA, Americas and APAC with offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan. Partnering with mobile network operators globally, Cellhire provides access to mobile connectivity at market-leading commercials to 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.

Since 2019, Cellhire has attained ISO 27001, the internationally recognised Information Security Management System Standard (ISMS), due to the implementation of information security management systems and best practices regarding information security.

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Cellhire deploys eSIM technology to connect media journalists in Ukraine, avoiding in-country delivery challenges.

Global connectivity provider and MVNO Cellhire is utilising its eSIM based mobile network, “eSIMsmart”, to provide mobile connectivity over-the-air to customers in Ukraine.

The eSIM based mobile connectivity is essential to ensuring individuals are contactable and have a communications lifeline. Cellhire is supporting many companies, broadcasters and media journalists that are already on the ground or heading to Ukraine to report and broadcast on the situation.

Martyn Stevens, Cellhire Group CEO, says, “The invasion of Ukraine has created a crisis for companies with employees located there. Our eSIM solution is an essential lifeline in these crucial times, keeping users on the ground connected.”

“Utilising our MVNO eSIMsmart, we are providing eSIM profiles instead of physical SIM cards meaning mobile connectivity is provisioned instantaneously over-the-air in Ukraine, avoiding the logistical distribution challenges faced delivering physical SIMs in-country.”

In addition to eSIM mobile connectivity, Cellhire is also providing satellite phones to many customers travelling to Ukraine as an essential emergency backup. Satellite phones are particularly beneficial in case of local mobile network outages, blackouts or potential cyber-security related incidents in Ukraine.

Stevens adds, “Like many European mobile network operators, Cellhire has delivered several support packages across its partner networks to help customers in and outside of Ukraine.”

About Cellhire

Cellhire (www.cellhire.info), is a leading global telecoms provider of mobile communications, M2M and IoT services and data connectivity to enterprise clients and indirect partners worldwide.

Established in 1987, the Group serves EMEA, Americas and APAC with offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan. Partnering with mobile network operators globally, Cellhire provides access to mobile connectivity at market-leading commercials to 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.

Since 2019, Cellhire has attained ISO 27001, the internationally recognised Information Security Management System Standard (ISMS), due to the implementation of information security management systems and best practices regarding information security.

Partners, UK News

Newly launched white-label SIM management & billing portal puts indirect partners and resellers back in control.

York-based global telecommunications provider Cellhire launches the first phase of an infinitely tiered white-label version of its Atlas SIM Management & Billing portal. The new development will enable Indirect partners and resellers to offer a branded portal to their customer and customer’s customer; complete with SIM control, usage and billing information, alerting and spend cap control, across multiple networks.

White Label Portal

Phase one offers partners the ability to segment their SIM base and create fully branded portals for their customers offering views of the SIM base, SIM status, data usage and billing information. The brand-agnostic white-label approach to all alerts and emails allows reseller partners the chance to send alerts directly to the customer chain. In addition, customers can also self-serve SIM suspension, reactivation and SIM swaps 24×7. Phase two will add further aspects of SIM control including the setting of spend caps and alert levels as well as greater control for partners themselves.

Cellhire UK Managing Director, Matt Bennett, says, “The creation of a brand-agnostic white-label portal is in response to channel demand and complements Cellhire’s extensively-used Atlas SIM Management & Billing portal. The white-label approach will be a real aid when onboarding new partners and further enhances why UK Resellers who want to provide IoT and Voice & Data services to their customers, choose Cellhire as their preferred partner.”

Cellhire Group Chief Technology Officer, Peter Whelerton says “Cellhire has an excellent track record of listening to partner requests, white-labelling was top of the list. The white-label version of the portal will provide an infinite number of tiers allowing every level of the supply chain to offer a portal in their branding to their customers with all the main SIM control functions, billing, and usage information. The white-label portal, like all Cellhire portals, has been created in-house by an expert and resilient team.”

For further information or to arrange a demonstration, please contact Cellhire +44 (0)1904 610610 or email resellers@cellhire.com

About Cellhire

Cellhire is a leading global telecoms provider of mobile communications, M2M and IoT services and data connectivity to enterprise clients and indirect partners worldwide.

Established in 1987, the Group serves EMEA, Americas and APAC with offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan. Partnering with mobile network operators globally, Cellhire provides access to mobile connectivity at market-leading commercials to 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.

Since 2019, Cellhire has attained ISO 27001, the internationally recognised Information Security Management System Standard (ISMS), due to the implementation of information security management systems and best practices regarding information security.

Events Newsletter, UK News, US News

Success at Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics for M2M/IoT mobile data specialist Cellhire

British M2M/IoT mobile data specialist Cellhire plc provided 11,000 mobile data connections, with voice service activated on request, to the organisers, media, athletes and attendees at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in China.

The athletes, organisers and attendees benefited from secure, reliable, and affordable data bundles, enabling them to communicate securely not only in China but importantly, with family and friends in their home countries.

Global media including public and commercial tv, radio and online-streaming broadcasters utilised large data bundles on Cellhire SIM cards, mobile hotspots, smartphones, and other value-added telecoms services to broadcast and report in real-time.

Cellhire will provide the same suite of services at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year, where the company has established a direct relationship with the network provider and official sponsor Ooredoo.

Cellhire UK Managing Director, Matt Bennett, says, “Cellhire is the preferred supplier of mobile data and M2M/IoT connectivity for clients involved in very large events around the world. Being able to offer secure mobile data connections for use in China helped to protect user privacy and mitigate risk to personal data.”

“We have an excellent track record in the global sports and entertainment fields for providing data connections and telecom solutions through the close relationships we have with network providers around the world.”

“In total, we have provided many tens of thousands of connections at major events, such as Olympic, Paralympic and Winter Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro Finals, Commonwealth Games and the Tour de France. Many of which enables the media to have reliable and secure data connections to live-broadcast to their audiences”, Bennett adds.

About Cellhire

Cellhire (www.cellhire.info), is a leading global telecoms provider of mobile communications, M2M and IoT services and data connectivity to enterprise clients and indirect partners worldwide.

Established in 1987, the Group serves EMEA, Americas and APAC with offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan. Partnering with mobile network operators globally, Cellhire provides access to mobile connectivity at market-leading commercials to 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.

Since 2019, Cellhire has attained ISO 27001, the internationally recognised Information Security Management System Standard (ISMS), due to the implementation of information security management systems and best practices regarding information security.

Hints & Tips, Partners, UK News

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 

Partners, UK News

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 

Partners, UK News

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  

Partners, UK News

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.