execMobile deploys eSIM profile technology

South Africa’s leading alternative global mobile data provider is proud to announce that it has made eSIM profile technology available to customers, allowing global travelers, enterprises and IoT devices seamlessly connectivity in 192 countries.

The SIM for the next generation of connected devices, Embedded SIM or eSIM, is a global specification by the GSMA which enables remote SIM provisioning of any mobile device.

eSIM connects devices such as mobile telephones, laptops, tablets, watches, health bands and IoT devices to a mobile network, without having to insert a physical SIM card.

“We are continuing our journey to connect our customers, irrespective of where in the world they are or want to be. Significant progress has been made globally, in preparing for the adoption of eSIM technology, with South Africa lagging quite far behind, despite all the talk from the major local operators”, says Jody Carollissen, General Manager, execMobile.

“We have been using a physical SIM which supports eSIM technology for more than a year in our travelers’ devices, so now the addition of eSIM profiles will expand our solutions to manufacturers and devices. We see this as another important step in execMobile’s evolution to simplify the life of our customers, enabling even more of their devices to now be connected seamlessly”, Carollissen continued.

Carollissen confirmed that execMobile’s eSIM profiles work with any GSMA compliant embedded SIM device, notably most IoT devices. For consumer products, many manufacturers are yet to launch eSIM capabilities on their devices, specifically mobile phones, laptops and tablets. execMobile currently supports corporate customers’ iPhones which support eSIM profiles. Google and Samsung support will be offered within the next quarter.

Although supported eSIM consumer devices may be limited initially, execMobile’s PocketWifi and global SIM make use of the same “Over the Air” (OTA) technology to provide access to global mobile data for travelers and standard SIM devices. Carollissen is now targeting corporates within the IoT, industrial machinery, tracking and telemetry industries to partner with execMobile to provision and manage their SIM’s globally. Notably, execMobile’s coverage includes more than 30 African countries.

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execMobile sponsors Cape Epic podium contenders Team Pyga Eurosteel

execMobile is proud to announce they will continue their sponsorship of Team Pyga Eurosteel for 2019.

Johannesburg, South Africa – Mar 2019

execMobile (www.execmobile.co.za) announced today that they will continue their sponsorship of Team Pyga Eurosteel. Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes, previous winners of the Cape Epic Africa Jersey winners (they achieved a 7th overall finish!), as well as other team riders Phillimon Sebona and Pieter Du Toit, will line up on Sunday for the 14th edition of the race.

The Absa Cape Epic attracts elite professional mountain bikers from around the world, who compete in teams of two. To qualify for a finish, teams have to stay together for the duration of the race.

2018 saw the unfortunate substitution of Philip at the last minute and it was a very difficult decision for the team, as they had been building up and preparing for the race for a very long time.

However, the decision was the correct one. The whole team embraced the changes by pulling in Julian Jessop, one of the African MTB Academy riders and again winning the African Jersey in a very exciting and successful race. This year, Philip and Matthys have been in fantastic form in the build up to the Epic and are eyeing a spot on the podium.

execMobile’s partnership with cycling has been ongoing for many years, initially by assisting Dimension Data with roaming data connectivity at the Tour de France, and more recently again as a sponsor to Team Pyga Eurosteel.

About execMobile

Awarded as an innovator, execMobile continues to lead in global connectivity solutions. Established in 2010, execMobile provides simple and intelligent global connectivity.

We provide advanced, reliable and cost-efficient global Internet access for business travellers, boosting company’s security, productivity and savings for their mobile executives, locally and abroad.

Our eSIM connects everything! Global coverage under one contract with the strongest service delivery, control and monitoring capabilities. Whether remote offices, IoT applications or services to OEMs, our management platform or APIs allow you to build your service on our platform.

In short, we are a global connectivity provider offering services in the Mobility and Connectivity space.

About African MTB Team


How safe is hotel Wi-Fi?

execMobile offers essential advice to travellers before the holiday season.

Johannesburg, South Africa – Dec, 2018

Public Wi-Fi isn’t safe and without the right protection, your personal information could become public. Unfortunately, hotel Wi-Fi networks are no safer than other public Wi-Fi and should be treated with the same caution. More alarmingly, recent reports have revealed that hotel Wi-Fi networks are being targeted because of the high-value information accessible on the laptops of people traveling for work.

What is alarming about last week’s massive hack of the Marriott International hotel group was that investigators suspect multiple hacking groups may have been inside Marriott’s computer networks since 2014 (Reuters quoted one of the sources as saying)! This follows a recent report explaining that communal Wi-Fi used by hotel chains is particularly vulnerable to hackers.

Public Wi-Fi is unsecured; that means data you transmit or receive is unprotected. Anybody on the same network could spy on your information if they have the know-how.

If you do decide to use public Wi-Fi, be careful about the types of sites you visit.

It’s safest not to log in to any sites that require a password, because hackers could be using software kits to capture yours. Avoid any websites that hold any of your sensitive information, like banking sites or transactional sites on which you store credit card information.

If you must use the Wi-Fi at your hotel, you can protect yourself by using Virtual Private Network (VPN) software. Even if the network you’re connecting to has been compromised by malware, sniffers, or some other tactic, if you use a VPN, all the attackers can see is encoded and encrypted versions of what you’re doing. They can’t intercept it, can’t read it, and can’t capture the private information you transmit.

As an alternative, when you need to bank, buy or browse securely, rather use a cellular connection. Using a local or travel SIM in your phone (as a hotspot), or a separate mobile Wi-Fi router is much more secure. It also provides mobility, allowing you to connect on the go for essential travel services such as Google Maps, Uber etc.

Sunscreen, caution and maybe a travel SIM or PocketWifi = happy holidays.

Mobile Data Roaming: costs & security under control!

execMobile’s mobile data roaming platform offers companies an easy way to secure travellers endpoint devices and fight cyber threats with their Clean Pipe solution.

Johannesburg, South Africa – Mar 2018

“We know what it takes to step up from good to great, so we developed some unique capabilities that really make the difference”, Dejay Swanepoel from execMobile begins. “Through our roaming platform you can dive into the application layer and understand everything about the traffic that your travellers generate, to block certain services, or enable specific protocols.”

execMobile minimizes risks to online threats such as malwares and viruses by allowing users to access only authorized websites and applications via a personal, secured hotspot.

PocketWifi is a compact, lightweight Multi-SIM mobile hotspot that can work with up to 10 mobile devices at once. execMobile’s SIM cards enable mobile data services in over 150 countries worldwide, via over 300 leading mobile carriers. All travellers must do is turn it on; no setup or installation is required.

“We will fight cyber threats for you with our Clean Pipe solution which includes DDoS attack protection, Botnet disruption, Malware scanning and prevention, Phishing prevention and Real-time malicious traffic monitoring”, continues Swanepoel. There is no need to equip each endpoint device with Antivirus or VPN software as the traffic is securely encrypted on the device and sent via the platform, but rather equips employees with the most advanced and cost-efficient roaming solution, ensuring they are ready for with enterprise grade features and capabilities.

The network is based on worldwide tier1 mobile carriers’ 3G, 4G and LTE networks connectivity, that routs through various ISP sites around the world, for the fastest most advanced managed network out there.

“The network has full redundancy on both the carrier and the ISP side, with over 300 mobile carriers and multiple ISP sites around the world. With our dependable network, you can be assured that the highest quality of service is always at your employees’ fingertips.” concludes Swanepoel.

execMobile Opinion

These days, the computers most vulnerable to cyber threats in the enterprise are mobile phones and tablets. Security teams seem totally blind to the growing risks these devices pose for the enterprise and worse, are unable to deal with threats as they appear. Many enterprises manage device access to corporate resources, networks and identity, but they can’t remediate a threat they can’t identify.

As more of our computing goes directly from mobile devices to cloud services, network threat detection solutions are ineffective since data often resides outside the corporate data centre. Customers need to adopt a non-signature based mobile threat detection software to protect the organization and its data. It’s a serious and growing concern for all CEOs and CIOs.

Gartner’s predictions for endpoint and mobile security

  • Mobile malware has not been an issue in the eyes of enterprises so far; however, mobile attacks are increasing in both number and pragmatism.
  • Non-signature-based anti-malware solutions are increasingly effective and will soon displace local endpoint signature database maintenance.
  • Microsoft’s built-in tools provide comprehensive security policies for Office 365 yet provide limited integration with other common SaaS applications.
  • Many organizations continue to use portable flash media to carry and share data physically between work systems, business contacts and so on, without benefit of rigorous oversight.
  • Users readily share or copy business information into their mobile and cloud storage systems, and pass even more through personal email accounts, without considering the consequences.

execMobile sponsor Cape Epic winners

execMobile is proud to announce they will be a sponsor to the African MTB Team in 2018 in their bid to podium at the Cape Epic.

Johannesburg, South Africa – Jan 2018

execMobile (www.execmobile.co.za) announced today that they will be a sponsor to the African MTN Team. Team riders, Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes, winners of the 2017 Cape Epic Africa Jersey Winners and 7th overall last year, are looking to make it onto the podium in this year race.

“African MTB Team is an idea and dream that we started working on since 2013. Philip raced one season as an individual rider and soon realized that key to performance lies with the people around you and the support structures they offer”, Matthys notes.

From there on Matthys, Ruan (Team Manager) and Philip started riding together as a team and over the years partnered with sponsors that share the same vision.

execMobile’s partnership with cycling started last year when they assisted Dimension Data with roaming data connectivity at the Tour de France.

“This year, we provided connectivity in the team cars at Le Tour”, notes Dejay Swanepoel, Business Manager at execMobile. Next year, execMobile has even bigger plans to assist Dimension Data company Britehouse provide even better connectivity during the tour, to the Team, those supporting and customers travelling to the event.

“The sponsorship of the African MTB Team is the beginning of a journey for execMobile. Their Academy is something we would like to also support. After all, cycling is the new golf, and many of our customers and partners would welcome this support of African and South African cycling teams”, concludes Swanepoel.

About execMobile

Awarded as an innovator, execMobile continues to lead in roaming data solutions. The roaming management platform provides enterprise control and security, with real-time visibility into travellers’ usage via a cloud based management platform. Network managers can analyse usage patterns and data requirements of business travellers carrying our PocketWifi. Traffic can be routed through a VPN or ISP for added security and efficiency. Non-work related traffic can be blocked, and customized alerts can warn employees when data limits have been reached.

About African MTB Team


Roaming Data analysis of business travellers abroad

Application analysis of mobile roaming traffic by business travellers finds that 73% is work related but that 99% of mobile data is not secured.

Johannesburg, South Africa – May 2017

execMobile (www.execmobile.co.za) announced today an analysis of the roaming traffic of businesspeople traveling abroad and found that three quarters of all wireless data is used on business related activities, but that less than 1% of the data is securely encrypted.

Businesses have long complained about the very high international roaming fees incurred by travellers. execMobile’s analysis shows that only 24% of the data is used on leisure activities such as checking social media sites, watching movies and listening to music. So, whilst their might be room for cost reductions, these services might be considered part of travel costs for executives away from home.

Nearly 33% of the traffic, whilst classified as “Web browsing”, is use of websites and portals such as Google Maps, Uber, Salesforce and other travel related websites. Again, these services are now essential tools of a mobile workforce, dependent on accessing services and data whilst mobile.

What should be of concern to enterprises, is that whilst travellers may have access to corporate VPN’s that encrypted their communications on their laptops, 99% of mobile business data is not secure, leaving the businesses vulnerable to hacking. This is because most mobile traffic is generated from phones and tablets, which have no corporate VPN protection. Only 1% of mobile data was tunnelled despite widespread security concerns about hotel and public Wi-Fi.

The analysis draws on execMobile’s data from 150+ businesses ranging in size from small businesses to large global corporations. Tens of terabytes of data was analysed to understand the business travellers’ data usage habits.

Additional insights include:

  • A third (32%) of the traffic was generated by a combination of Network Storage and Bulk Transfers (includes automated backups, updates and data transfers to or from cloud storage).
  • The average daily usage per PocketWifi devices was 168MB.
  • There was an average of 2.8 devices connected per PocketWifi (either multiple devices or users)

The data generated by execMobile’s PocketWifi devices indicated that average daily usage was surprisingly low at around 50MB per connected device.

Data Usage classification

Data Type Typical Activities Percentage of total data
VPN (tunnelling), including encrypted company email Used for most business applications such as web portals, business software and secure email 0.9%
Web browsing Web protocols and specific websites

e.g. HTTP, Google Maps, Salesforce, Uber, Travel websites

Real-time entertainment Includes streamed or buffered audio and video 16.2%
Bulk transfers Data transfer using file transfer, file hosting, updates, etc.

e.g. Windows Update, FTP; iTunes, antivirus updates or s/w downloads

Network storage Services that let users upload and download network storage content from the internet.

e.g. iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox.

Real-time communications Applications and protocols that allow interactive chat, voice, and video communication

e.g. WhatsApp, Skype, SIP, Jabber

Social networking Social networking applications.

e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Private Email Service-provider & webmail services

e.g. SMTP, POP3, webmail (Gmail)


About execMobile

Awarded as an innovator, execMobile continues to lead in mobile data roaming solutions. The roaming management platform provides enterprise control and security, with real-time visibility into travellers’ usage via a cloud based management platform. Network managers can analyse usage patterns and data requirements of business travellers carrying our PocketWifi. Traffic can be routed through a VPN or ISP for added security and efficiency. Non-work related traffic can be blocked, and customized alerts can warn employees when data limits have been reached.

The (mighty) Roaming SIM

Roaming specialist execMobile sees demand for an old fashioned SIM, but it needs to provide multi network coverage.

Johannesburg, South Africa (Feb, 2017)

execMobile, the leading provider of connectivity solutions for business travellers today announced enhanced low-cost solutions for leisure travellers. The company’s PocketWifi is used by many corporate travellers to remain connected and mobile, but leisure travellers need solutions that suit different travel patterns and user behaviour.

“Poor quality hotel or coffee shop Wi-Fi simply cannot meet the needs of travellers who use Google Maps or Uber when abroad”, says founder and MD of execMobile, Craig Lowe. “Leisure travellers need data with mobility, lengthy validity, and even enhanced features, such as multi-network coverage as offered by our Smart SIM.”

“Some travellers are now even more savvy, and simply want a SIM”, Lowe notes. “We agree; if it is used in a tablet or wireless router that can tether multiple devices, but it makes no sense putting it in a phone that then needs to be reconfigured. WhatsApp and other OTT apps on phones provide the calling and messaging services traveller’s demand, provided mobile data is available”.

execMobile has been providing roaming alternatives for outbound South African travellers since 2010. The company continues to work with partners abroad to reduce the cost of mobile data. Its innovative “activate on arrival” Value SIM (from 8c/MB) removes complexity in all 43 countries, ensuring travellers arrive connected, albeit dependent on one operator’s coverage. The new Smart SIM offers savvy travellers better multi-network coverage and reduced pricing, with an online account to monitor and manage connectivity from only 25c/MB.

Lowe continues, “Our 2016 corporate customers’ data usage analysis again indicated that the average usage was only 47MB per device per day. Our PocketWifi delivers this connectivity from only R59/day. Leisure travellers need more data valid for their entire holiday period, something our SIM Only or PocketWifi options now offer.”

execMobile will shortly have a presence at all major international airports in South Africa to enable travellers access to the solutions prior to travel. Alternatively, to learn more or purchase their Value, Smart and Pro solutions, contact execMobile on 011 706 5961 email sales@execmobile.co.za, or visit the website at http://www.execmobile.co.za

About execMobile

We enable enterprise mobility and UC for the business traveller, and connectivity for the leisure traveller, by providing a dependable internet connection across multiple devices, well below the market price, in 149 countries via 300 mobile carriers; thereby, eliminating data roaming charges.

For corporates, we offer exceptional management reporting and an End-user App (iOS and Android) to monitor usage, check coverage and offer support. Leisure travellers can remain in control via pre-paid options or live web accounts.

PocketWifi is your ultimate travel companion, simply the smartest way to travel. PocketWifi is a handheld device which provides you with wireless internet access wherever you go. It works just like any other Wi-Fi hotspot – but it’s personal and fits in your pocket.