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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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Double success for local global telecom specialist Cellhire at York Business Week 2019.

York based global telecommunications provider Cellhire, has once again been named in York’s Top 100 Businesses, and additionally, has been recognised with the Global Reach Award this year for its international success.

On receiving the Global Reach Award and being listed in York’s Top 100 Businesses, Cellhire Group Chief Executive Officer, Martyn Stevens said “It’s a great honour to be recognised by our founding city, York, for not only our Global Reach, but also as a Top 100 Business. Although we are a global company, we thrive on the success of local enterprise. York has provided a fantastic backdrop for much of our international success.”

York Top 100 2019 - Global Reach Award - Cellhire

“Our success globally is reinforced by our revenues, with over 40% originating from outside the UK.”

“It was exciting for us to take part in many other events during York Business Week, including attending the Business Conference at York Racecourse where representatives met with key partners and business leaders.”

With offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan, the Company holds over 50 direct mobile partnerships with network operators globally, allowing access to global networks to provide local, short and long-term mobile communications.

Experts in the field, Cellhire has provided mobile connectivity to leading companies worldwide including media associations such as beIN SPORTS, Fox, NBC, TF1, BBC and ITV. The company also has a number of long-standing white label partnerships with MNOs including Orange France, Verizon USA, O2 Telefónica UK and BT, where it is trusted to operate services under the network’s brand.

With its large availability of networks, Cellhire operates a reseller model, providing global network coverage to many other telecom companies, the biggest markets being the UK, and Japan where Cellhire has been operating for almost 15 years.

As a B2C channel, Cellhire operates a highly successful and scalable distribution model, under its dataroam brand, through the Fulfilment by Amazon Network, leveraging the global footprint of Amazon’s warehouses.

Anticipating future success, the Company has plans to set up a base in Qatar, using the 2022 World Cup to “springboard” its expansion plans into the Middle East.

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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Everything you need to know about 5G

5G is finally here. After months of intense build up, the fifth generation of mobile networks is starting to be rolled out, bringing with it promises of faster connectivity, more reliability and lower internet congestion. The 5G network follows previous generations of 2G, 3G and, most recently, 4G.

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the launch of the network, here are a few questions you might want answering before you take the 5G plunge.

What is 5G?

5G is the fifth generation of mobile network connectivity. It is the successor to the current broadband connection, 4G, and will transform internet connectivity forever. 5G will make everything faster; data transfers, uploads speeds, download speeds, and will enable more stable connections with wider coverage. Not only will it be faster than ever before, it will be able to send more information between devices, meaning faster response times and a reduction in latency.

For users, 5G will do everything that 3G and 4G enabled you to do; browse, share, watch and stream, however it will also open up a whole new world of opportunities, including transformational growth with IoT, AR and AI capabilities. The hyper-connectivity that 5G brings between smart devices and machines will result in intelligent new processes that have never been possible before now.

How fast is 5G?

5G is fast. Faster than fast. In fact, probably the only connotation that comes to mind when you hear 5G, is the word fast. It’s grabbing headlines due to its likely speeds expected to reach in excess of 1Gb/s and projected speeds for the future could see speeds of 10Gb/s, which is 100 times faster than 4G.

To put into perspective how fast that actually is, currently your average HD film may take a day to download with 3G coverage and around 10 minutes on 4G. If on 5G, the same film will be downloaded is around 5 seconds. That’s a whole lot of film watching!

How does 5G work?

Alike to its predecessors, 5G will carry communications wirelessly over the air via radio frequencies. 5G uses an advanced radio frequency to transfer data faster and more efficiently. The radio frequencies are higher and shorter, meaning less congesting internet traffic and more available bandwidth for the information to be sent.

Although these higher bands are faster than previously seen, they are less well suited to carry information over long distances because of their shorter wavelengths. The frequency can also be blocked by physical objects such as building and trees, so you might see clusters of smaller masts closer together in order to boost capacity between single standalone masts.

Before 5G, MIMO (multiple-input/multiple-output) technology was used to send and receive data signals between several antennas simultaneously. 5G upgrades this digital technology to Massive MIMO, meaning that rather than just a handful of antennas sharing information, now a few hundred will be. Algorithms for Massive MIMO are able to plot the best transmission route through the air to each user. For users, this means 5G can serve multiple users and multiple devices simultaneously, while still maintaining speed and consistency.

How is 5G different to 4G?

It’s a common misconception that 5G is just a faster version of 4G. Yes, it is faster than 4G and it is an improvement of 4G, but 5G isn’t just a step up from its forerunner, like 4G was to 3G. 5G will be the driving force for a digital revolution.

Each generation prior to 5G has brought its own benefits. 2G connectivity saw the birth of basic internet, texts and MMS. 3G upgraded to better internet, streaming and basic video calling. 4G was a game changer and made speeds up to 500 times faster than 3G, allowing for outside speeds to compete with home broadband. 4G brought high-quality video calling, supported HD TV on mobile, and super-fast mobile browsing. All of which were essential as the proliferation of smartphones and tablets evolved from what once came before.

5G is almost compulsory as the world now paves the way for a new era of technology and creates new economic opportunity; including IoT, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and autonomous machines. 5G has been referred to as “the network of networks”, and will be encoded into technologies ‘DNA’ for both business and in the home. Less interference and better efficiency that comes with 5G will support the introduction of smart cities, and a smart world.

What will 5G enable us to do?

5G will enable us to do everything we do now, only faster, smarter and more efficiently. Day to day, 5G will allow for clearer calling with less background noise, while making and receiving calls and using data won’t interrupt download speeds, and there will be less pixelation and buffering when making video calls. Using 5G at home and out and about will keep you connected instantly, as it’s expected to be faster than most fixed line broadband.

For consumers, imagine smart homes and smart work spaces. Alike to when you unlock your car with central locking, imagine unlocking your house without a physical key. Once inside, a smart home can have your lights already turned on and is already at your desired temperature. Moving from room to room will turn more lights on and switch off the rooms you’ve left. Currently, ownership of smart home devices, which are examples of IoT devices embedded with sensors and other electronics to send and receive data over a network, has doubled since 2016. A statistic which is likely to increase with the advantage of IoT.

How will 5G reduce latency?

One of the key differentiators between 5G and its predecessors is the reduction in latency. For those that are unaware of what latency is, it’s the time it takes devices to communicate wirelessly with each other; it’s the time taken for data to reach its destination via the network and back again (such as a text message from one phone to another and the sender receiving a Delivered notification). Whilst your device is transferring data, latency is the measure of delay, measured in milliseconds.

Online, latency is seen as responsiveness. For example, how long a web page takes to load. Latency occurs when the devices are on a slow network and the bandwidth capacity cannot support the large transfer of data being sent.

With the speeds, bandwidth, and capacity that 5G brings, these issues are now a thing of the past. 5G will increase the rate in which data can be transferred and cuts down the response time to 1-10 milliseconds (the time on 4G was 30-50 milliseconds). This means you can expect lightning fast connectivity and responsiveness, without any lag time. This will be imperative for mission critical services as they rely on network connectivity to transfer data.

What will 5G mean for businesses?       

For business, 5G will fuel the growth in certain industries by unlocking business potential. Expect to see automated factories, remote health care and autonomous vehicles. Expect faster downloads and better connectivity, and see a rise of IoT, AR and AI as 5G aims to power the rise.

5G will change advance offerings from communication service providers; 4G rearranged the landscape with data packages outweighing voice and SMS, and now 5G will change the game again as providers can offer more cost-efficient services (10x lower cost per gigabyte than current 4G).

With 5G comes ‘network slicing’, where operators will be able to slice the 5G network to allocate capacity matching specific requirements. This is a game changer for network management and demonstrates the adaptiveness of 5G. Consumers downloading films, IoT devices transferring data and automonmous cars will each have different network requirements, the latter needing enough to enable responsiveness and little latency.

Businesses will be able to rent a 5G slice for their requirements, which will be an isolated network connection without any surrounding congestion.

5G and IoT

IoT in business has been gradually growing over the past few years, with businesses of all sizes seeing the benefits it can bring. With 5G this will only accelerate, as the new fifth generation network will help collect and transfer huge amounts of data in an efficient, responsive and high-speed way.

5G will set itself aside from previous networks in IoT, as current wireless infrastructure hasn’t got the capacity to accommodate the mass of devices exchanging information, without slight lags. 5G will provide the infrastructure needed to carry huge amounts of data and will support the devices that demand internet access, as many require a higher bandwidth to cope.

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Has 5G already been rolled out?

Most countries can expect to have access to 5G by 2020, however some networks across the globe have already made 5G commercially available. In the UK, EE was the first network to make 5G available in 5 UK cites. Vodafone has also rolled out its 5G network in 7 UK cities. Both networks have plans to have more cities connected by the end of 2019. In the US, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint has all made 5G available in certain parts of the country.

Further afield, in South Korea, SK Telecom and KT have each rolled out 5G, along with Ooredoo in Qatar.

Does 5G mean the end of fixed line services?

5G is said to be as fast and as reliable as fixed line services, including home broadband, leading some to wonder whether ending fixed-line contracts is the best move. Many will still prefer the stability and certainty of physical wires, however good wireless connectivity becomes.

5G, as it continues to be rolled out, will aim to be a complementary service for users when out and about rather than a replacement to fixed line. This is likely as as many telecoms companies have spent years investing in fibre optic and copper wire fixed line broadband and would be reluctant to switch to wireless as soon as it’s available. Those wanting to ditch their fixed line should also consider the stability of the connection as full-fibre services will beat 5G as it stands, as it connects to the mobile mast without dropping signal strength when a bus or lorry becomes an obstacle to 5G waves.

It’s likely that domestic and office broadband will stick with being primarily fixed line for the upcoming years, although fixed wireless access may be made available when needed.

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Cellhire appoints James Kellock to new position of UK Channel Manager to strengthen position as leading telecom reseller

Global mobile telecoms provider Cellhire is delighted to have appointed James Kellock to the new position of UK Channel Manager, responsible for the growth and development of key strategic partnerships within the UK telecoms reseller industry. James joins Cellhire reporting into the UK Managing Director Matt Bennett.

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With 10 years’ extensive experience in the UK telecoms reseller industry, James has previously held similar roles at Vodafone and O2, where he focussed on the management and growth of key reseller partner relationships. As UK Channel Manager, James will help build company identity, market new products and support the overall journey for the Cellhire channel customer base.

On joining Cellhire, James said “I am looking forward to increasing Cellhire’s existing partner base to cement the position the company already has as a key provider to the channel.

“With its industry leading billing engine, bespoke tariff capabilities and wide range of offerings on Vodafone, O2 and EE, Cellhire has a unique proposition that enables resellers to have direct ownership of the customer. None of our competitors have a proposition like it.

“As a direct wholesale partner for the top three UK MNOs, we are strongly positioned to offer competitive, flexible solutions. Cellhire’s capabilities, including the billing engine and bespoke tariffs on all three of these MNOs, exceed industry expectations in the reseller channel and I’m looking forward to leveraging them to strengthen our service, with an additional focus on competitive pricing to help them compete. Cellhire also has an exceptional partner portal, which employs API access to give partners full management and cost control.

“I’ve hit the ground running to implement a number of projects and create new propositions that will complement our already strong portfolio.”

Matt Bennett, the UK Managing Director at Cellhire said “James’ background in telecom partnerships will be a real aid when reaching out to new potential partners. His appointment is a fantastic complement to our existing bespoke international solutions, where we have established expert status, particularly in flexible data offers. Cellhire is dedicated to the services it provides and the addition of James demonstrates further the lengths Cellhire will go to attract the right reseller partner.

“Cellhire would like to extend a warm welcome to James, and looks forward to working with him as he focuses on continually growing and improving reseller partnerships and existing reseller services and offerings.”

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, Switzerland 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 set to be major service provider to attendees visiting Japan in 2019/2020

Japan is set to host two of the biggest sporting events in the world over the next couple of years; the Rugby World Cup is fast approaching in September and the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics is closely behind. These events are set to be huge for Japan, expecting to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors and many more watching from across the world. The last Olympic Games attracted over 3.6 billion viewers worldwide, and the sheer sense of patriotism that comes accompanied with the games, is only expected to grow from each competing country.

This will be the first time Asia has hosted the Rugby World Cup tournament and Japan hasn’t hosted the Olympics since the 1998 Winter Games. Expecting huge numbers, Cellhire is ready and waiting for the excess of visitors, thanks to its Japanese office, which is preparing to provide visitors with local, in-country mobile connectivity whilst in Japan, in the forms of airtime, devices, SIMs and mobile hotspots.

Crowd of People Crossing Street in Tokyo, JapanCellhire already has an excellent global track record in the sports and entertainment fields, proven by having provided tens of thousands of connections at major events through the close relationships with network providers around the world.

Experts in the field of worldwide connectivity, Cellhire is also an expert in the Japan region, having provided thousands of non-event business and consumer products and solutions since its opening nearly 15 years ago.

Similarly to previous worldwide events, Cellhire has teamed up with local networks to offer attendees unparalleled, fast and outstanding coverage across the whole of Japan, including host venues and the travel between them. As the latest addition to the over 50 network partnerships Cellhire already maintains, local networks NTT DOCOMO and SoftBank are set to offer inclusive rates for both data crunchers and voice users.

With only a few months to go until the Rugby World Cup begins, event organisers warn demand for official travel and hospitality packages is already exceeding expectations. Cellhire advises fans to plan ahead and save on voice and data costs when in Japan by ordering prior to travel.

Japanese pagodaWith offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan, attendees, including TV and radio broadcasters, from all over the world can receive SIM cards, smartphones, mobile hotspots and other value-added telecoms and services ahead of time. The Japan office is also on hand, post departure, with local, on-ground support throughout the events, next day delivery in parts of Japan and online support, which will guarantee excellent customer response times and help minimise potential “bill-shock”.

Cellhire is a leading mobile telecoms supplier at global events and has previously provided connectivity to its clients at events including the FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon, Tour de France, the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the Paralympics and the UEFA Euro Finals.