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Management and control of 4G data is critical

Posted by Cherie Howlett on 31-Jan-2018 13:14:00

According to McKinsey, revenues from mobile data are set to increase dramatically in the next 7 years. Factors driving growth are the availability, speed and reliability of 4G, the trend of embedding data SIM cards into devices and the availability of cost-effective SIM-only packages on 30-day contracts.

UK SMEs are turning to their trusted IT and telecommunications suppliers for help sourcing mobile data SIMs. Management and control of data is becoming increasingly critical to avoid bill shock across growing estates.

Jola is one of the channel’s fastest growing mobile data providers. The company is experienced in developing and managing portals for the channel and was the first to launch an innovative data management portal called Mobile Manager.

Mobile Manager is an online management portal for managing estates of mobile data SIMs. The portal communicates in real-time with Vodafone and O2 networks, enabling Jola partners to create customers, manage activations and control SIM swaps, bars, ceases and tariff changes.

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Topics: Mobile SIMs, Mobile

4G backup is increasing in popularity for critical fibre services

Posted by Cherie Howlett on 31-Jan-2018 13:02:13

Catastrophic failure often effects multiple services going into a building, so a fixed line back-up to a primary internet connection is not guaranteed to provide business continuity. Until now, the alternative, mobile data, has been slow and expensive with only dynamic IP options on offer. Customers have had to estimate the amount of data needed in the event of a primary failure and pay for it whether it is used or not.

With the introduction of 4G management portals for fixed IP SIMs and unique overage protection, 4G becomes a cost-effective alternative. Customers pay a small monthly fee for the back-up service and when the data fails-over, they pay for the additional usage, only for the period it was used.


Fixed IP Failover SIMs offer customers significant cost savings, due to the unique way they are managed. Data usage is monitored and additional data bolt-ons automatically added as required and removed again when the primary route is restored.

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Topics: Mobile SIMs, Mobile

Jola works with Amvia to provide innovative 4G solutions

Posted by Cherie Howlett on 05-Dec-2017 15:00:23

The Jola partner

Amvia is one of Jola’s voice, data and cloud application partners, based in Sheffield. Amvia was founded by experienced telecoms professionals, with a vision to provide customer-centric solutions. The company supplies services to a range of prestigious companies including Oracle, SodaStream, CIMB investment bank and JHS Logistics.

Amvia’s customer

JHS Logistics is a logistics and international haulage company based in Hampshire, close to the Fawley Power Station on the western side of Southampton Water. ADSL speeds are very slow in the area. Leased circuits are not cost-effective, due to excess construction charges, however 4G is available.

The Solution

Amvia, supported by Jola, worked with JHS to provide a 4G/Draytek LTE service that has allowed JHS to work effectively from the site, running both voice and remote/hosted application services over a 4G internet connection. JHS are delighted with the service, which was up and running in only three working days.

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Topics: Mobile SIMs

Top uses for fixed IP SIMs

Posted by Cherie Howlett on 15-Nov-2017 16:56:40

Demand for fixed IP SIMs is building, as customers realise the benefit of using 4G data in a wide range of devices, across multiple verticals;

In temporary sites

Fixed IP SIMs are useful in temporary locations such as site offices, to give site managers access to the internet. These sites can operate in the same as their head office, with access to corporate software, document drives etc. behind a corporate firewall.

As a back-up

Internet connectivity is a business-critical service. Having a back-up solution is essential and can be expensive. 4G fixed IP failover solutions, where customers pay for usage in the months their services failover, are realising the cost savings.

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Topics: Mobile SIMs

Fixed IP SIMs

Posted by Cherie Howlett on 09-Nov-2017 10:27:50

The M2M global market revenue in 2017 to date is £36bn according to Statista. Fixed IP SIM cards allow data traffic to be routed from Machine to Machine (M2M). We have seen a rise in demand for fixed IP SIMs since we launched our data SIM range back in 2016, but who is buying them and what are they using them for?

What are fixed IP SIMs?

Fixed IP SIMs, as the name suggests, are SIM cards, which come with a fixed IP address. A fixed IP address is an Internet Protocol (IP) address number assigned to a network device. Fixed IP addresses don't change.  An IP address identifies a computer or other device that is connected to the internet. The IP address is how information and data are routed to a specific computer.

Fixed IP SIMs can be used in a variety of devices that require a connection to the internet; from phones, routers and tablets to CCTV cameras and vending machines.

What packages are available?

Jola’s Fixed IP 4G data-only Vodafone SIMs are available in 2GB to 100GB monthly packages, with up to 100GB monthly bolt-ons.

How do you manage fixed IP SIMs?

Our fixed IP SIMs are managed in Mobile Manager, a platform for ordering and managing large estates of SIMs. Our white label portal can be used by both resellers and their end users. It handles SIM activations, ceases, suspensions, reports, alerts and bolt-ons.

What are the benefits of fixed IP SIMs?

When devices are fitted with a fixed IP SIM, you can access and monitor the device remotely. The IP address remains the same, which makes monitoring and managing devices quick and simple.

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Topics: Mobile SIMs

How do we control 4G data?

Posted by Cherie Howlett on 11-Oct-2017 18:12:36

This is the question we get asked the most. If you have customers wanting to use 4G data to connect devices to the internet, how is the usage controlled, particularly when customers go beyond the alliance in their bundle?

You may have companies with Wi-Fi devices in taxis, buses and coaches or customers providing a Wi-Fi network in guest houses and coffee shops. Trusted partners supplying the 4G SIM cards want to know how they can manage the data and therefore the costs to combat monthly bill shock.

Jola partners use Mobile Manager. It is a complete end-to-end management portal for estates of mobile SIMs. You can activate SIMs, monitor usage, set-up alerts and add bolt-ons or bar SIMs as required to prevent bill shock in most cases. It is one portal, where SIMs from multiple networks and fixed IP SIMs can be managed directly by partners and their end users as required.

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Topics: Mobile SIMs

Can I use 4G instead?

Posted by Cherie Howlett on 05-Oct-2017 14:05:26

SMEs in rural areas without access to fast fibre broadband are turning to 4G as an alternative. 4G is the fourth generation of mobile communication technology and the successor to 3G. 

3 ways to connect

You can connect devices using a 4G router, mobile broadband hotspot device or by tethering from a smartphone.


SIM-only contracts are available on 30 days, which is useful for temporary sites. 4G is fast allowing remote workers to easily access cloud-hosted applications. It is a portable solution which works anywhere with a good 4G signal in the UK. There is no need for a telephone line, broadband or a lengthy contract.

Things to note

There may be a limit set by some mobile providers on tethering. You need to keep an eye on usage as mobile data is not usually unlimited and out-of-bundle charges can be high. It is usually more expensive than fibre broadband, which is generally unlimited.

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Topics: Mobile SIMs

The Mobile Data Evolution

Posted by Cherie Howlett on 28-Mar-2017 16:28:52

What can we learn from our past?

The Jola management team worked at Griffin Internet for over ten years together. Our CTO invented white-label managed broadband by developing MOPS, a platform to allow resellers to provide ‘own-branded’ broadband connections directly. We promoted it as ‘ISP in a box’. In our first few years we added over 800 partners to the platform, including market leading suppliers in the channel today.

Most commentators felt that when fixed broadband was fast, reliable and affordable, it would become the conduit for SMEs to run their cloud applications over.

We learnt that having a management portal, with APIs into multiple carriers, allowed us to grow significantly without investing heavily in additional resource. It gave our channel partners the ability to increase ARPU, whilst retaining the control of the customer experience end-to-end.

We helped the channel to benefit from the rise in demand for white label internet connectivity from DSL to fibre and leased circuits. We are ready to do this again with mobile data.

The Mobile Data Opportunity

Mobile data has, until recently, been slow, unreliable and expensive. There is an issue with ‘bill shock’, as users regularly go over their allowances and are unprepared for the high cost of overages.

Without tools to manage large estates of SIMs and prevent or manage over-use, resellers have felt helpless and vulnerable. Many have supplied mobile data only when requested to do so by customers and many have introduced them to a carrier essentially giving up their customer.

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Topics: Mobile SIMs

The Mobile Data Opportunity

Posted by Cherie Howlett on 07-Mar-2017 09:33:48

Business users are consuming far more data than they used to due to remote working and the availability of mobile apps, such as Office 365 and Skype for Business. Other business applications have followed suit, creating for example business telephony apps, allowing users to make, forward and receive calls on their mobile as if it were their desk phone.

According to Gartner, there will be as many as 21 billion connected devices by 2020 generating additional mobile data traffic. SIM cards are being used inside more and more vertical devices, presenting challenges. Firstly, how can you manage a SIM card that is inserted into a device and thousands of miles away? Secondly how can you manage usage? We know there are high costs for going over data allowances on mobile phone contracts, the same applies in other devices.

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Topics: Mobile SIMs

Why choose a SIM only deal for my business?

Posted by Cherie Howlett on 24-Jun-2015 12:47:04

What is a SIM only deal?
A SIM only deal provides a package of minutes, texts and mobile data for a monthly cost, much the same as a traditional mobile phone contract. The difference is that you don’t get a new handset; you only get the SIM card.

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Topics: Mobile SIMs

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