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PCCW Global makes Console Connect IoT SIM available to Spanish telco
PCCW Global has signed a collaboration agreement with Spanish technology company Nayar Systems that will provide the European technology specialist with access to a global telecommunications network and fabric, with coverage of over 120 countries using PCCW Global’s Console Connect IoT SIM connectivity.
Nayar Systems is a major industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technology developer serving the global elevator industry, and the collaboration will enable it to significantly reduce the time and cost associated with deploying the telecommunications services most required by modern high-tech elevator systems.
In addition to its IoT relationships in the elevator industry, PCCW Global’s growing portfolio of IoT vertical markets already include the media, logistics, aviation and transportation industries.
PCCW Global will provide Nayar Systems with Console Connect IoT single SIM technology, which delivers a global fabric of connectivity and enables Nayar Systems to offer a complete IoT solution to their clients worldwide.
Through the Console Connect IoT management portal, Nayar Systems has the ability to activate, monitor, and manage any number of IoT SIMs remotely in over 120 countries where the company has presence, enabling immediate 4G connectivity for the telemetry, safety and remote control functions of its elevators.
Incorporating single SIM IoT technology into the elevator production process will result in a significant reduction in time and costs related to provisioning for telecommunications services at the point of production.
Nayar Systems’ customers and end-users will benefit from simplified installation and the deployment of reliable elevator communications using single IoT SIM technology over extensive worldwide mobile partner networks, supported by PCCW Global’s high-speed, robust and secure international IPX infrastructure.
In addition to supporting both single SIM and eSIM technology across a global infrastructure, PCCW Global’s Console Connect IoT connectivity service offering includes an intuitive self-service portal, 24x7 international NOC monitoring and multilingual service hotline, fully private on-demand connectivity to clouds and data centres, Software Defined Network (SDN) orchestration, and support for a universal API facilitating connectivity monitoring and management.
Craig Price, Senior Vice President, Mobility Product and Marketing, PCCW Global, said, “We are proud to be powering Nayar System’s IoT solution, and we look forward to assisting to deliver this integrated IoT solution to the international market. It is exciting to be the enabler of such an innovative service, which will deliver real benefits to Nayar Systems’ end-users.”
José Luis Sanchis, CMO, Nayar Systems, said, “The collaboration will allow us to expand the business footprint around the globe and provide after-sales service in real-time to our clients. All problems related to elevator telecommunication connectivity are solved as the manufacturer controls the condition of the lift remotely at all times, without the installer having to deal with the problem of obtaining telecommunications connectivity from a local supplier.”
Etisalat to launch youth SIM in response to Virgin Mobile UAE
Etisalat is launching a new youth-targeted SIM in the UAE called Swyp in an apparent effort to compete with the launch of the Virgin Mobile brand by du’s parent company EITC. The Swyp prepaid mobile service hasn’t officially launched yet, but the brand’s website is up and running and the apps have been uploaded to the app stores.
In an interesting twist, the Swyp service will only be available for customers aged between 15 and 29 at the time of subscribing and must present a valid Emirates ID card for proof of age. It seems Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat is eager to attract millennial mobile users who might be tempted to join Virgin Mobile UAE due to its flexible payment structure.
Etisalat’s Swyp service offers 5GB of social data for AED 50 per month and users can purchase add-on packages such as 500MB of data for AED 25, 1GB of data for AED 50, 2GB of data for AED 100, 4GB of data for AED 150, and 1GB Instagram and Snapchat package for AED 12. So far the service has been advertized on social media sites that attract youth such as Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.
Swyp SIMs will be delivered directly to millennials who sign up, or they can be purchased from one of Etisalat’s stores at Dubai Mall, Downtown, Burj Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Burjuman, City Centre Deira, Festival, City Mall, Ibn Battuta and Mercato Shopping Mall. Virgin Mobile UAE SIMs can also be delivered directly to customers after purchase “within an hour”, according to Product Manager Juraj Cangar.
Virgin Mobile UAE is unique in the sense that it doesn't require customers to visit a physical store. Everything to do with your mobile plan is done through the app that was built by the Virgin Mobile UAE team. To join, you can simply download the app, register your details, and then choose your monthly plan.
Vodafone UK also recently launched a youth-focused service called VOXI, a mobile offering for people aged 25 and under, that enables them to “use their phones the way they want to,” the company said. The VOXI SIM, available from 8 September, lets users indulge in selected social and chat apps (Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Snapchat, Twitter and Viber) as much as they like, without affecting their data allowance.
Similarly, Etisalat’s Swyp offering targets data over voice calls to attract youth who live their lives through social media. The Swyp SIM card charges 0.6 fils per second for local voice calls, 18 fils per local SMS, 60 fils per international SMS, 45 fils per local MMS of 50KB, and AED 1.80 for international MMS of 50KB.
WeChat to launch tourist SIM for Chinese travelers in Europe
Chinese messaging app WeChat has reached an agreement with European (Dutch) operator KPN to launch a new European countries roaming SIM card for Chinese tourists travelling to Europe. “WeChat GO SIM card” is the first 4G prepaid SIM for tourists officially launched in cooperation with a European operator which has exclusive privilege for WeChat users.
“WeChat GO” is an outbound tourism project of WeChat – a product of Tencent, China’s largest internet services provider and one of the most popular apps worldwide. WeChat hopes they can enhance cooperation with overseas partners, jointly to provide services to more than 120 million Chinese outbound tourists and improve their travel experience.
There are two packages that tourists can choose from as part of “WeChat Go”. The first package includes 15 days validity and contains 1GB 4G data, 30min for calling in EU and towards China, free receiving calls and SMS in EU. Package 2 includes 28 days validity and contains 4GB 4G data, 60min for calling in EU and towards China, and free receiving calls and SMS in EU.
The “WeChat GO SIM card” will be available in China’s well-known e-commerce platforms, European international airports and most convenience stores soon, according to KPN.