Monthly Archives: September 2011

£135k investment from LBA Angel Syndicate helps cornerstone Cycell Ltd ‘s £600k angel funding round

Early stage London based specialist mobile network operator Cycell Limited has closed a £600k round which included a £135k investment from a LBA angel syndicate. The company offers a full range of specialist white label easy-to-use handsets, for which it owns all intellectual property, and airtime contracts to its clients.

Cycell’s network is powered by Vodafone and will be launched this year. The investment will enable the company to complete product develop, secure GSM certification and set up a production facility to customise and brand handsets.

Thomas Sunderland, CyCell CEO, notes, “We now have a group of highly experienced and committed shareholders, whose expertise and contacts will be invaluable to the business. The LBA gave CyCell the support and confidence to raise investment in a competitive environment where fund raising experience is essential. Thank you to Anthony Clarke and Dale Murray for their personal support and leadership over the last few months“

Dale Murray, Chairman CyCell, notes, “There is a clear gap – globally – for a simple, easily understood mobile phone. CyCell’s transformative design will fill this gap quickly, as they already have overwhelming support from mobile networks, suppliers and customer groups.”

Anthony Clarke, Managing Director of London Business Angels, comments:

“LBA assembled a syndicate of 6 angels here led by Dale Murray the new Chair of the Company who has extensive experience and contacts in telecoms and the mobile sector. Dale is also the BBAA’s angel investor of the year. Cycell is a great example of the power of angel investing in an early stage company where smart money is now helping to build a potentially high growth business.”

For further information please visit www.cycell.com and www.lbangels.co.uk

Share your Mobile Broadband USB Modem with a 3G Router.

Many users of Mobile Broadband simply plug their 3G USB Modem into their laptop or PC and start surfing the web.  Hoever, if they also own a WiFi iPad and want to use their mobile broadband modem for this, then they can’t.  The same applies to other laptops or WiFi products in the house.  You could invest in a MiFi unit that runs on batteries and share the connection, but for the home this might ot give the best coverage and will not allow the connection on non WiFi devices.

The 3G Router is the answer to this problem of sharing a single USB 3G Modem, simply insert the modem into the router and you can nowconnect multiple devices using a wired or wireless connection.  The Option Globesurfer X1 is a great example of this type of solution.  When you plug in your 3G Dongle it provides WiFi for mobile devices and two Ethernet ports for wired connections.  The Globesurfer X.1 also feature an additional USB port for a USB Printer or memory stick for file or printer sharing.

Another 3G Router option is using an embedded 3G Router.  This simply means that the 3G technology is already inside the router so you just insert your mobile broadband SIM card and connect your PC’s or devices using the traditional Ethernet and WiFi interfaces.  The advantage of using an embedded 3G Router is that in most cases is is easier to connect an external antenna to help improve 3G signal reception in poor signal areas.  An embedded 3G router provides a more long term solution so is ideal for a home or business user that wants to use a 3G router to replace their ADSL broadband service.  Some embedded 3G Routers include a built-in ADSL router so they can be used as a normal ADSL Broadband router and automatically fail over to 3G in trhe event that the wired broadband services become unavailable.  This is especially useful for businesses that rely on their internet connection.  In fact, the Telecom FM Dataroute router has this built in functionality and even sends the user an SMS message when the router fails over to 3G to warn that the ADSL is down so the problem can be remedied. 

One of the problems faced by long term mobile broadband connections is the factthat mobile broadband providers have a tendency to drop the connection which requires the owner of the 3G router to reboot the router to re-establish the connection.  Many embedded 3G router manufacturers have tackled this problem by inlcuding some form of automatic reboot.  In the example of the Telecom Dataroute, when used in 3G mode only it will send a ping to an IP address on the internet at set intervals and if it does not receive a reply it will assume it has been disconnected and reboot and reconnect to the mobile broadband service.  This makes this type of embedded 3G router with Ping Reboot feature very reliable for M2M applications (Machine to Machine).  For example, a CCTV company that wants to remotely monitor some cameras can install a lower cost 3G Router mobile broadbad solution instead of an ADSL service and can remotely access their CCTV equipment via the 3G network, with the peace of mind that they can ensure a reliable, long term 3g connection.  Other M2M applications include digital signage ad remote monitoring and management applications.

 

 

Virtual Access GW2000 Dual SIM 3G Router provides extra resilience

The Virtual Access GW2000 is a HSPA 3G Router providing up to 7.2Mbps download speeds and up to 5.76Mbps upload speeds using a standard 3G mobile Broadband SIM Card.  The GW2000 also features asecond SIM card slot so that the user can insert a back-up SIM card from a different service provider so that in the event that the network becomes unavilable for the main SIM card then the unit can switch to the backup 3g service provider to ensure a consistent 3G connection.

Virtual Access GW2000

When the primary network becomes available the the 3G Router will switch back to the main SIM card.

The Virtual Accss GW2000 features 4 x 10/100 Ethernet Ports and is available in the UK from Westlake Communications Ltd via their dedicated 3G Modem and 3G Router store.

Taking advantage of 3G Mobile Broadband with 3G USB Modems and 3G Routers

We found this useful article about the uses for 3G Mobile Broadband.  The article details how users can share their 3G USB Modem with multiple users and also provides information about how you can use a 3G Router to provide a wireless internet connection for remote offices or for M2M applications such as CCTV.  The article also provides information about the way that 3G Mobile Networks drop the connection and how the 3G Router manufacturers have provided innovative ways of ensuring that their 3G devices stay connected and available for critical business applications such as remote monitoring and management.

Zalip BDG51AM Embedded 3G Router with VPN replaces popular CDG561AM 3G Router

The 3 Router Store have announced the Zalip CDG561AM 3G Router has gone end of life and has been replaced by the Zalip BDG561AM HSPA Router with VPN functionality.

The  Zalip BDG561AM provies a reliable 3G Router solution for a variety of applications including ADSL failover, mobile, temporary or remote office, M2M (Machine to Machine) and remote monitoring and management.  The BDG561AM has a maximum download speed of 7.2Mbps and a maximum upload speed of 5.76 Mbps.

There is also a new HSPA+ Router available in the Zalip range, the CDG561WE with super fast download speeds up to 21Mbps in areas that support the latest HSPA+ network speeds.

Option to launch new ICON 711 – HSPA+ USB Modem – Up To 21Mbps Download Speeds

Option have announced the launch of the ICON 711 HSPA+ USB Modem offering ultra fast mobile internet download speeds of up to 21Mbps.

ICON 711Option ICON 711 HSPA+ USB Modem

The Option ICON 711 HSPA Plus USB Modem also features a mico SD slot so the ICON 711 can also be used as a handy portable USB storage device.

The ICON 711 is totally plug and play and works with all Windows and MAC operating systems and will be available in the UK in Q4 2011.

 

Mobile Fun continues international expansion with Spanish and Dutch appointments

Leading online mobile accessories retailer appoints Vanesa Nunez and Robin Verschuren to launch new Spanish and Dutch websites

30 August 2011. In a further move to drive its international expansion, Mobile Fun, the UK’s leading online retailer of mobile accessories, has announced the appointment of Vanesa Nunez and Robin Verschuren to manage its new Spanish and Dutch websites and support the company’s continued impressive growth and sales across Europe.

The new sites will go live in October 2011 and join the company’s well-established and successful international portfolio which includes German and French websites.

As the new Head of Spain, Vanesa brings experience in ecommerce, mobile communications, retail and marketing to Mobile Fun. Prior to joining the company, Vanesa built up her retail experience with Orange and customer service and sales experience at Euskaltel, a Basque telecoms operator.

Vanesa commented on her appointment: “I started my career in the mobile industry, running my own mobile phone retail outlet, so this role is an exciting next step for me. My first priority is to create a localised online presence for Mobile Fun by pulling together a product portfolio which will appeal to our target customers. Using my experience within the Spanish mobile phone sector, I aim to ensure that Mobile Fun Spain is just as successful as the other European sites.”

Heading up the Dutch operations is Robin Verschuren. A graduate from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, Robin started her career at Dutch think-tank Nexus Institute. Robin’s experience and knowledge of the online market were gained while managing online sales and marketing for recruitment consultancy, Careers International. Her passion for technology and links to youth marketing complement Mobile Fun’s European team’s existing expertise.

Robin said of her appointment: “I’ve joined Mobile Fun at an exciting time when mobile handset sales are high in the Netherlands and there is a definite gap in the market for a mobile accessories specialist. The depth of the company’s range and its consistently fast deliveries will certainly appeal to Dutch customers, who are among the highest and the most enthusiastic consumers of mobile computing and the Internet.”

Prior to the new website launches, Vanesa and Robin are in the UK overseeing localisation and product selection. They will report to Richard Moore, Head of International at Mobile Fun, who concluded: “The significant success of our existing European websites demonstrates an appetite for a comprehensive range of mobile accessories from one online retailer. As part of our strategy to target new international markets, we are delighted to welcome Vanesa and Robin on board to introduce local knowledge and marketing skills, while also overseeing the development and launch of websites in their home countries.”

For more information on Mobile Fun’s international websites and wide range of accessories and devices, log onto www.mobilefun.co.uk or call the sales team on 0844 249 5058.

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About Mobile Fun

Mobile Fun is the UK’s leading Internet retailer offering a market leading range of accessories for mobile phones and other mobile devices from its www.mobilefun.co.uk website.

With a product range of over 8,000 globally-sourced mobile accessories and tens of thousands of mobile downloads available on its website, Mobile Fun has successfully established a market-leading position within the competitive mobile sector.

Mobile Fun has offices in the UK, Germany and France and delivers products to 21 European countries.

Mobile Fun was ranked as the UK’s 7th ‘Fastest Growing Technology Based Company’ in the Sunday Times 2006 Microsoft Tech Track 100, was awarded the ‘Online Retailer of the Year’ title at the Mobile News Awards 2011 and won the Online Retail Awards 2011 ‘Computers and Telecommunications’ category.

LTE Router

The 3G Router Store now stocks a range of LTE Router products offering high speed mobile broadband on networks supporting LTE services such as HSPA+.

LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the name given to the networks and hardware for th next generation of high speed mobile broadband internet access services.  HSPA+ networks are starting to be rolled out in the UK with HSPA+ networks available in Wales offering download speeds up to 14Mbps when used with a compatible HSPA+ Router.

HSPA+, LTE and 4G all mean pretty much the same thing so you can search for any of these terms on Google when researching your choice of 4G Router, LTE Router or HSPA+ Router and you will find that the products you find will be the same such as the Globesurfer III+, Zalip CDG561WE and the Vololink VA125 and VA126 LTE, 4G, HSPA + Routers.