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Teltonika RUT104 HSPA+ 3G Router

Teltonika, a leading manufacturer of GSM and 3G M2M communications technology has announced the launch of their new RUT104 HSPA+ Router.

This revised version of their popular 3G router provides faster 3G Internet connectivity for the RUT104 Router.  Using the latest HSPA+ network technology the RUT104 offers fast mobile broadband download speeds up to 14.4Mbps and upload speeds up to 5.76Mbps.

Teltonika RUT104 HSPA+ 3G Router

The Teltonika RUT104 boasts an impressive feature list for such a low priced, industrial grade 3G router including built-in site to site VPN functionality (IPsec, Open VPN and PPTP), Firewall and Port Forwarding features, all essential on a 3G router designed to provide remote access over the 3G network for applications such as CCTV, Digital Signage, Solar Installations and Wind Turbine management and monitoring.

Using a 3G router instead of a wired broadband service has become increasingly popular and Teltonika have seen a huge rise in demand for their 3G routers and this has led to a significant investment in a revised version of their RUT104 router including a redesigned web interface.

This router is easy to install and configure and provides a reliable 3G internet connection and with the added benefit of a Ping Reboot feature that can be configured to automatically reboot the router to re-establish a 3G connection in the event that the 3G network disconnects the device, makes the Teltonika the first choice of 3G router for high speed mobile broadband connectivity for a wide range of M2M (Machine to Machine) remote monitoring and management applications.

The rise in the use of 3G mobile broadband routers for M2M applications has been driven by the low cost of reliable 3G Routers, the availability of Fixed IP SIM cards, the falling cost of 3G connectivity and the rising cost of installing wired broadband in temporary or remote locations as well as the availability of 3G connectivity from O2, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and Three across the UK.

The Teltonika RUT104 is available in the UK from Westlake Communications Ltd, a leading supplier of 3G Routers.

 

Vodafone One Net Tops 10,000 Users In UK

Vodafone claims UK sales of OneNet have passed 10,000 users and 1,000 business contracts.  Vodafone is upping its marketing spend to help emulate international success.

The success of the Vodafone OneNet product lies in the market trend for smaller businesses to move to a hosted telephony solution for their business communications and paying a small monthly access charge for each telephone extension.  This type of hosted telephone system has already been popular over the last few years and has seen a growing base of small businesses converting to the latest VoIP technology and because the hosted telephony solution is almost the same as having a mobile phone contract where you pay a monthly service charge then it makes sense that the Vodafone Onenet service which combines both VoIP and GSM extensions should do so well.

The other advantage that Vodafone has with it’s OneNet business telephony solution is the fact that it can deliver calls over VoIP and GSM so for office users that do not  have a great broadband connection to enable quality VoIP calls they can use a mobile phone connection for each telephone extension.  You might think that using a mobile phone every day as your office phone might put off many potential users, but with the option of using a 3G Desk Phone such as the Huawei ETS6630 or the new Telecom FM 3G Desk Phone the office user can have a desktop style GSM phone that they can use with the Vodafone OneNet GSM solution.

 

£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.

 

 

Using GSM Gateways on Vodafone

We were recently asked about the Vodafone policy about using Vodafone SIM cards with GSM gateways.  In the Vodafone contract and on their website they state :-

“GSM Gateway Commercial Policy

Definition

A GSM Gateway is any equipment containing a SIM card which enables the routing of calls from fixed apparatus to mobile equipment by establishing a mobile to mobile call.

In view of the uncertainty over the legality of certain types of GSM Gateways, Vodafone’s policy is not to accept applications for the operation of GSM Gateways on its network. Customers should be aware that where a GSM Gateway is connected to the Vodafone network in breach of this policy, Vodafone has and will continue to disconnect SIM cards that it believes are being used illegally.”

The above can be found at http://online.vodafone.co.uk/dispatch/Portal/appmanager/vodafone/wrp?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=template12&pageID=TC_0032

This would suggest that Vodafone, apart from not being able to interpret some pretty basic legal ruling from Ofcom, will not under any circumstances accept or tolerate a Vodafone SIM card to be used in a device that will allow a fixed telephone device, such as a telephone to be used on their network.

If this is truly the case then why do they continue to offer the Vodafone B970 3G Router that contains a telephone port that you can connect a telephone and make voice calls – this is in fact acting as a GSM Gateway so any Vodafone SIM card used in this unit that has been used for a voice call should be terminated. 

Why are they also offering GSM Fax numbers becuase how else will a SIM card be able to receive faxes without the use of a GSM Fax Terminal that you can connect a fax machine to.  The same sort of single SIM GSM Gateway terminal used by thousands of companies with temporary or remote sites that rely on mobile phone communications.

I hope that Vodafone is able to provide some clarity as to their business policy as it does not make sense to us and many of their customers. 

 

Daisy Group £12m aquisition of Outsourcery’s Vodafone Mobile Services

Daisy Group has purchased service provider Outsourcery’s Vodafone mobile services business for £12 million, announced on 31st March 2011.

Daisy Group chief executive Matthew Riley said Outsourcery represented a strong strategic fit for his company and the acquisition would make Daisy Vodafone’s largest managed service provider in the UK.

Teltonika launch low cost GSM Desk Phone DPH101

Teltonika have announced the launch of a new entry level GSM Desk Phone to compliment their existing range of GSM Deskphones.  The Teltonika DPH101 is designed for mass deployment and will work on all standard 2G (900/1800 Mhz) mobile phone networks which include O2, T-Mobile, Vodafone and Orange in the UK.  This phone is ideal for products such as Vodafone One Fixed Mobile Telephony solution.