Cellhire deploys eSIM tech to connect media journalists in Ukraine, avoiding in-country delivery challenges

Cellhire is also providing satellite phones to media customers in Ukraine

Cellhire is utilising its eSIM based mobile network, eSIMsmart, to provide mobile connectivity over-the-air to its news media customers – print/online, TV, radio and news agencies – in Ukraine.

eSIMsmart utilises a multi-IMSI, eSIM configuration using roaming IMSIs. To achieve maximum global network reach, Cellhire is working with new and existing network partners to add more MNOs globally.

“The eSIM based mobile connectivity is essential to ensuring individuals are contactable and have a communications lifeline,” says Martyn Stevens, Cellhire Group CEO.

“Cellhire is supporting many companies, broadcasters and media journalists that are already on the ground or heading to Ukraine to report and broadcast on the situation.

“The invasion of Ukraine has created a crisis for companies with employees located there. Our eSIM solution is an essential lifeline in these crucial times, keeping users on the ground connected.

“Utilising our MVNO eSIMsmart, we are providing eSIM profiles instead of physical SIM cards meaning mobile connectivity is provisioned instantaneously over-the-air in Ukraine, avoiding the logistical distribution challenges faced delivering physical SIMs in-country.”

York-based global connectivity provider and MVNO Cellhire, is a leading global telecoms provider of mobile communications, M2M and IoT services and data connectivity to enterprise clients and indirect partners worldwide.

Established in 1987, the Group serves EMEA, Americas and APAC with offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan.

Partnering with mobile network operators globally, Cellhire provides access to mobile connectivity at market-leading commercials to companies worldwide.

In addition to eSIM mobile connectivity, Cellhire is providing satellite phones to many customers travelling to Ukraine as an essential emergency backup.

“Satellite phones are particularly beneficial in case of local mobile network outages, blackouts or potential cyber-security related incidents in Ukraine,” says Stevens.

“Like many European mobile network operators, Cellhire has delivered several support packages across its partner networks to help customers in and outside of Ukraine.”