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We.Stream enters African market

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South African connectivity supplier Poynting agrees to a partnership with the mobile WiFi hotspot supplier

 

We.Stream and Poynting agreed to a partnership for the distribution of the We.Sream in Africa. We.Stream focuses on growth by the realization of international partner channels. Poynting is a top global provider of integrated antenna solutions, responsible for the innovation, design and manufacture of its market-leading products. It now adds the We.Stream to its portfolio, since they strongly believe in the We.Stream proposition. Poynting launches its newest solution officially during Travel Visa Showcase, on the 15th of August in Johannesburg. For We.Stream, Poynting is the first African-based reseller, after already having signed several partnerships in Europe, USA and Asia in the last months.

 

Jurgen ter Hoeve, CCO of We.Stream: “We were already working together succesfully with Poynting for our other business unit. That is why I’m very happy and satisfied that Poynting sees the opportunities that we offer with We.Stream. The African market provides many opportunities to us. There are numerous challenges when it comes to the availibity and pricing of mobile data, mainly for incoming and outgoing travelers. With We.Stream we can support them by providing  affordable and secure mobile internet. Together with the announcement of this agreement, I am proud to spread the news that we have also expanded the list of countries where We.Stream has coverage, by adding Congo and Madagascar.

 

Michael Howard, CEO of Poynting: “Roaming charges can be extremely high for both incoming and outgoing travellers in South-Africa. That makes the proposition of We.Stream very interesting for our market. We launch this new solution officially during Travel Visa Showcase 2018 in Johannesburg. The event gathers professionals and management in the (business) travel market, such as corporate travel agents, Tour Operators, Embassies and Airlines. This is the perfect moment for Poynting to enter the market with We.Stream.”

 


 

About Poynting

Poynting is a top global provider of integrated antenna solutions, responsible for the innovation, design and manufacture of its market-leading products. Established as a consultancy in 1990, Poynting evolved into an official PTY in 1997 and in 2001 established Poynting Antennas. It caters antenna solutions for primarily wireless high speed data applications, including residential 4G LTE as well as GSM, M2M (Machine to Machine), DTV (Digital Television) and customer premise equipment applications across consumer, broadcast and telecommunication markets.

 

Poynting services commercial clients across the globe. Its growing international business has led the establishment of a regional European office in Munich, Germany.

 

 

How to avoid WiFi security risks when traveling?

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How do you stay connected with your business and family when you are traveling?

When venturing abroad, travelers use internet via their smartphones or tablets mostly to keep in touch with their business or family. But roaming charges in other countries, or international data plans, are often very expensive. Travelers use public WiFi as an alternative for these high costs, but this comes with high security risks. Are you aware of the risks of using public WiFi? And do you have a solution to avoid them?

Using the WiFi at the airport as soon as you have landed, or asking for the WiFi details in your hotel as soon as you have checked in. These are common situations for people who travel a lot. But public WiFi networks in hotels, coffeeshops or restaurants are not properly secured. For hackers, these networks are a playground to intercept personal messages, passwords, buyer behaviour and even financial details.

 

How do you avoid these WiFi security risks? There are a few solutions:

 

Roam like you’re at home.

Just use your mobile subscription during your trip like you are in your own country. 3G- and 4G-networks are better encrypted than public WiFi. But this comes with another big risk: data roaming can be very expensive. There are many examples of travelers that were unaware of these high data roaming charges, and got a huge ‘bill shock’ when they received their lastest mobile data invoice back home.

 

Buy a local SIM-card.

When you travel often, you must know the telecom and SIM-card shops that you see in airports a lot. You can buy a SIM-card for the country that you are traveling towards, and use it in combination with your own mobile device. That way, you do not have be worried about high costs afterwards, since you can just buy a fixed amount of data. But, you don’t always know how long your trip will be and how much data you need. Besides, most of the SIM-cards are only valid in one country. So, if you are a frequent traveler, this could be a hassle.

 

Use a mobile WiFi hotspot.

mobile WiFi hotspot is a pocket sized mobile router, which you can take along on any trip. With a pre-setup internet connection. Most portable internet hotspot devices use the 3G and 4G signals from network providers to enable the connection. A portable WiFi hotspot with built-in SIM technology, like We.Stream enables you to enjoy connectivity worldwide. Without the hassle of looking for local SIM-cards. And with the certainty that you can rely on multiple 4G networks per country, so you always experience the strongest available signal. And the best part: We.Stream’s built in VPN-solution keeps your internet connection secure, wherever you are.

Socia agrees partnership with We.Stream

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Amsterdam based ICT-provider Socia agreed to a partnership with mobile WiFi hotspot supplier We.Stream. We.Stream launched its secure mobile WiFi hotspot at the beginning of this year at the CES in Las Vegas and focusses on growth by the realization of an international partner channel. Socia advices and supports the SMB and enterprise market in the field of hard-, software and management of digital workplaces. Socia strives to fulfill a trusted advisor role at their customers, by advising them about the latest technology. By adding We.Stream to their portfolio, Socia expects to add more value to their customers by providing them the newest solution for the ‘Mobile Workplace’. With this partnership, both organizations expect to increase their share in the corporate market.

 

Expansion of international partner channel

We.Stream is worlds first secure mobile WiFi hotspot with embedded Cloud SIM technology. It enables users to have secured and unlimited internet in more than 100 countries worldwide, without having the worries of high roaming charges. In the last months, the Dutch organization already signed several partners in Europe, Asia and North America. Jurgen ter Hoeve, CCO of We.Stream: “We are focusing on the realization of an international partner channel. Besides the fact that we already have several distributors and resellers worldwide, we are currently discussing partnerships with companies in Africa and South America as well. Next to this, our partner channel in The Netherlands is also still growing, with Socia as the most recent addition. The experience and passion of the complete Socia team gives us the confidence that we will have a great and successful partnership. Socia is one of the leading Dutch companies in providing the complete digital workplace. A mobile WiFi hotspot is becoming a more important part of that mobile workplace as well.”

 

Optimizing the Mobile Workplace

Supplying the We.Stream is the perfect proposition for Socia to support their customers with their next steps. Gaston Ludding, Commercial Director of Socia, adds: “Many of our customers have an increasing need for both mobile devices as for the security part of these mobile devices. With We.Stream, we offer them a secure solution for their mobile workers. We offer customers with employees who often travel to other countries, the possibility to save on their mobile data costs. But what makes the product even more interesting, is the fact that you can use the device in combination with your own mobile data subscription. Next to that, The embedded VPN solution that We.Stream offers, was the key to enter this cooperation. We now offer our customers even more flexibility for secure and worry-free mobile working, whether that is in a hotel, restaurant, train or in a remote office.”

 

About Socia

Socia advices and supports the SMB and enterprise market in the field of hard-, software and management of digital workplaces since 2003. With the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications, Socia meets the international demands in the field of quality management. Socia supports its customers with a team of 40 passionate employees from its office in Amsterdam.

 

 

What is a portable WiFi Hotspot and how to use one?

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The growing need for Mobile data

The use of mobile data has been growing extremely in the last years. More than 70% of the world’s population now has a mobile device, as the smartphone being the number one type of device. Smartphones are therefore also responsible for the largest part of web traffic worldwide. Laptops, tablets, phablets and other mobile devices are being used a lot as well. Both for business as for private reasons.

 

When you are at home or in the office, you can experience your own reliable home or business WiFi network to use the benefits of the internet, apps and your email. But since there are more and more mobile workers, the need for mobile data solutions is growing hard. How do you stay online when you are on the road?

 

You can setup a hotspot with your smartphone (tethering), but that has two big disadvantages:

  1. The battery of your smartphone is getting out of juice really fast and
  2. Your mobile data is being used twice as much

When traveling to other countries and continents, the problem gets even bigger since you can’t always use your local bundle in other countries. A mobile data solution for these challenges is a mobile WiFi hotspot.

 

What is a mobile WiFi hotspot?

A portable WiFi hotspot is a pocket sized mobile router, which you can take with you setup an internet connection. Most portable hotspots devices use the 3G and 4G signals from network providers to enable the connection. Mobile WiFi hotspots therefore often need a SIM-card that provides the connectivity.  

 

How to use a WiFi hotspot device?

With the signal that the hotspot creates, you can connect your smartphone, tablet and laptop to the internet. This will enable you to set up your own private internet connection, almost anywhere in the world. Perfect for mobile workers and travelers.

 

When traveling to other countries and continents, some mobile WiFi hotspots require a specific SIM-card for that country or continent. That can be a hassle if you travel a lot. A portable WiFi hotspot with built-in SIM technology, like We.Stream enables you to enjoy connectivity worldwide. Without the hassle of looking for local SIM-cards. And with the certainty that you can rely on multiple 4G networks per country, so you always experience the strongest available signal.