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SA's Fastest Growing Mobile APN provider

Pool your mobile data across the 3 major networks.

Gain real-time insights and more control of all mobile data usage across your company and start banking the savings.

Easily control application usage

Lock SIM cards to devices

Easily manage bulk SIMS

Who We Work With

What Our Customers Say

Tashwill Carelse
Tashwill CarelseIT Director
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Saicom’s APN solution provides a seamless connection to our network, allows us to control the data we use, and very importantly, has saved us a considerable amount of money.
Ivor Kettles
Ivor KettlesChief Information Officer
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We have been through various service providers and managing the hundreds of SIMs in our business was always a pain. Once we found Saicom's APN management platform managing our mobile data has been hassle-free ever since. Saicom's platform is brilliant. I don't know if there is anything else in the market that comes close.
Darryl Spratt
Darryl SprattIT Support Manager
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Saicom's support in applying the necessary changes for us to configure our firewall for project-specific security needs has been invaluable. Their user-friendly management portal simplifies data usage control for our field workforce's devices. The helpdesk is efficient, offering consistent communication for issue resolution. Overall, we're very pleased with Saicom's service.
Craig Eldridge
Craig EldridgeTechnical Director
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The move to Saicom’s APN solution has not only improved the set-up times for provisioning our timing boxes, but we are able to provide a better service and greater timing capabilities to race organisers; participants and spectators.
Richard Quinlan
Richard QuinlanDirector
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We have been APN clients of Saicom since April 2023, and have found their service and responsiveness to be excellent. We are very happy with their APN management platform that is feature-rich and affords us insightful data.
Marc de Jager
Marc de JagerSystems and IT Manager
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We have been using Saicom’s Mobile APN solution for several years and are very satisfied. It has helped us ensure that our mobile workforce across the country is always connected, and given us all the necessary information and insights. We foresee our partnership with Saicom continuing well into the future.
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3 Steps To Start Saving Your Business Money

Book a demo of our APN portal and help us understand your businesses APN requirements.

Step 2

Get a customised proposal within 48 hours of the demo.

Step 3

Enjoy greater insight into, and control of, mobile data used in your business and start banking the savings.

Supported MOBILE Networks

Vodacom

Key Features

A post-paid, fully aggregated mobile data platform

All data is pooled and a single data bundle applied across all networks

High speed national mobile data across MTN, Vodacom and Telkom Mobile networks

Simplified invoicing — one invoice for all mobile data services

Manage SIMS, users and departments, set usage caps and view data usage at an application level (e.g. WhatsApp, Youtube, Windows Updates, etc.) via the Saicom Mobility Portal

Prepaid (Vodacom) and Postpaid (All Networks) SIMs

Flexible plans starting at 5GB scaling to thousands of SIM cards and Terabytes of data

Block Applications by category across your shared APN or Manage Applications end to end on your dedicated APN

Shared APN and choice of Internet or VPN-only services

Powerful reporting per department, site, individual and SIM usage reporting

NarrowBand-lnternet of Things (NB-loT) support (Vodacom)

APPLICATION USAGE BREAKDOWN

Facebook

Netflix

Office 365

WhatsApp

Benefits

Enjoy real-time insights and more control of every mobile device across your company

Save on mobile data spend by reducing wastage

Fast delivery times, minimal configuration and no extra hardware setup enables an easy seamless experience

Fewer human resources needed to manage your businesses mobile data

Reseller Whitelabeling

Saicom offers resellers the opportunity to entirely customise the mobility portal with their own branding.

The reseller can fully brand the mobility portal. All references to Saicom are completely removed from the portal and notifications

Resellers can use a personalised domain, such as https://apn.reseller.co.za, for their platform

Resellers have the flexibility to customise notification channels, including WhatsApp, Email, SMS, and Telegram

The background image of the application can be customised to align with the reseller's brand identity

All notifications sent from the platform display the reseller's 'From' address, such as no-reply@reseller.co.za, ensuring a unique reseller origin

The platform's favicon can be replaced with a custom icon representing the reseller's brand

Resellers can define their primary, secondary, and default colour schemes, allowing for a consistent branded user interface

The Access Point Name (APN) can be customised to align with the reseller's brand, such as resellerapn, reinforcing brand identity

Resellers can replace the default application menu logo with their own

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Public APN and Private APN

Public APN

Saicom’s Public APN provides mobile Internet access, allowing your mobile workforce to connect to the Internet, on common ports and protocols.

Saicom can supply you with “data only” SIM cards or we can migrate your existing postpaid / contract SIM cards to any of our APNs.

Each SIM would be reflected on the Saicom Mobility Portal, such that accounting of data usage can be recorded. IP addresses are allocated dynamically, traffic is routed out to the Internet via a centralised Fortigate Firewall. With the “Firewall Lite” bolt-on solution, static IP addresses are assigned in order to facilitate source-based category and application blocking. Monitoring, thresholds, and data caps are configured on an individual level using the Saicom Mobility Portal – our mobility management platform.

Private APN

Private APN’s can be likened to a VPN on a GSM network. They provide a customised routing configuration, allowing mobile users to connect into your headquarters, usually via MPLS or an SD-WAN network. Traffic may also be routed through a dedicated or shared firewall, or into a Data Centre or Hosting environment.

A Private APN provides clients with a higher level of control and customisation than a Public APN and allows for application-level control as well as blocking and shaping when paired with Saicom’s Cloud Firewall.

Saicom’s APN offering

Saicom’s APN solution is available in 4 options: Public (Shared) APN, Public (Shared) APN with Firewall Lite and the Private APN Solution.

Public APN (Shared Firewall) Public APN (Firewall Lite) Public APN (Firewall Plus) Private APN (Dedicated Firewall)
Saicom Mobility Portal Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reverse billed data (Data billed to the enterprise, not user) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Internet breakout Yes Yes Yes Yes
Device specific IP addressability (Static IP Address) No Yes Yes Yes
Internet breakout through Customised Firewall No

Yes

Application category blocking only

Yes

Shared firewall with additional flexibility

Yes
Inbound port requests (e.g. Security Camera, Servers etc) No Yes

Public /32 IP address required

Yes

Public /32 IP address required

Yes

MPLS VPN (Virtual Private Network) No No Yes

Yes

Routing via private network XConnect or dedicated layer 2 links

Named APN (Customised “named” APN) No No No Yes
Suitable for:

Simple Internet Connectivity

Simple Internet Connectivity with Application blocking

Bespoke Internet Firewall Rules

Bespoke Internet Firewall Rules, VPN, MPLS, SD-WAN

Public APN (Shared Firewall) Public APN (Firewall Lite) Private APN (Dedicated Firewall)
Saicom Connect (Mobility Management Portal) Yes Yes Yes
Reverse billed data (Data billed to the enterprise, not user) Yes Yes Yes
Internet breakout (common protocols) Yes Yes Yes
Device specific IP addressability (Static IP Address) Yes Yes Yes
Internet breakout through Customised Firewall No

Yes

Application category blocking only

Yes
MPLS VPN (Virtual Private Network) No No

Yes

Routing via private network XConnect or dedicated layer 2 links

Named APN (Customised “named” APN) No No Yes
Inbound port requests (e.g. Security Camera, Servers etc) No No Yes
Suitable for:

Simple Internet Connectivity

Simple Internet Connectivity with Application blocking

Bespoke Internet Firewall Rules, VPN, MPLS, SD-WAN

Managing Mobile Data on Saicom’s Mobility Portal

Through a single pane of glass, your administrators will have full access to manage your departments, sites, individuals and associated SIM cards.

Saicom Mobility Portal allows enterprise administrators to centrally manage their mobile usage. Whether it’s managing M2M (IoT) Devices, tablets, Mifi Routers, LTE Routers, Laptops or Mobile phones, Saicom Mobility Portal aggregates all data from these GSM devices into one easy to use platform.

Through the platform, administrators can make use of:

Application Reporting

Application layer usage reporting (e.g. Facebook, Youtube, Salesforce etc)

Analytics

View graphing and analytics to understand usage patterns

Centralised Bundle

All SIM cards, across all networks, consume off a central enterprise bundle

Friendly Device Names

The naming of SIMs (Friendly name e.g. Greg’s iPhone)

Capping

Configure data capping on individuals. Each connection to the network will require a SIM card. Each individual can be assigned multiple SIM cards (up-to 5) with a single individual data cap

Pairing of ICCID to IMEI (Phone to SIM Card)

This feature renders a SIM card useless unless used with the intended device

Soft Lock

Manually soft lock and unlock SIMs in real-time

Topups

Administrators can top up individual’s SIMs with additional data (out of centralised enterprise bundle)

Organise SIMs

Manage multiple APN’s, Sites, Departments, Individuals and SIM cards

Notifications

Custom notification percentages with notifications sent to WhatsApp, Telegram, SMS and Email

APN Contract term options

Saicom’s APN solution is flexible enough to cater for clients contract term requirements. We offer 12 and 24 month contractual terms. The table below highlights the options per contract term.

APN Term Options 12 Months 24 Months
Public APN Yes Yes
Upgrade bundle anytime 1 Yes Yes
SIM Card fee (Month-to-Month) 2 Yes Yes
Saicom Mobility Portal User Licenses 2 Yes Yes
3 Month Cancellation Period Yes Yes
Access to all networks (Vodacom, MTN, Telkom) 3 Yes Yes
Fortigate Firewall Lite - Add on 4 Yes Yes
Private APN No Yes
1 Month “settling in” period 5 No Yes
Downgrade 1 Tier (Every 6 Months) No Yes
Fortigate Firewall Plus- Add on No Yes
Fortigate Firewall Advanced - Add on 6 No Yes
Auto Renew on contract term No No
APN Term Options 12 Months 24 Months
Private APN Yes Yes
Public APN Yes Yes
1 Month “settling in” period 1 Yes Yes
Upgrade bundle anytime 2 Yes Yes
Downgrade 1 Tier (Every 6 Months) Yes Yes
SIM Card fee (Month-to-Month) 3 Yes Yes
Saicom Connect User Licenses (Month-to-Month) 3 Yes Yes
3 Month Cancellation Period Yes Yes
Auto Renew on contract term No No
Access to all networks (Vodacom, MTN, Telkom) 4 Yes Yes
Fortigate Firewall Lite - Add on 5 Yes Yes
Fortigate Firewall Advanced - Add on 6 Yes Yes
  1. New bundle active 1st of new Month
  2. One calendar month cancellation period
  3. Default on Saicom public APN, else one private APN per network
  4. Public APN Only
  5. For the first month we allow enterprises who are not sure of their actual usage to use the first month’s traffic as a benchmark going forward.
    During this time no out-of-bundle traffic will be charged.
  6. Private APN Only
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faq

Frequently Asked Questions

An APN (Access Point Name) is a gateway between a 3G/ LTE mobile network and another computer network, accessing the public internet or private virtual private network (VPN). It is a unique identifier that allows a connection to the network and identifies the data access services associated with your account. The APN is the exit point from the mobile network operator’s (MNO) 3G/LTE network into either the public internet or a private network.

A corporate mobile APN can deliver a secure connection that creates a private network on a mobile device, protecting information and linking multiple devices together.

This means a business or organisation can manage multiple SIM each delivering data connectivity through a private APN to remote workers. The company can set usage caps for employees, and view bandwidth on an application level, for example whether the user is accessing social networks or work-related sites.

Ultimately, a mobile APN can significantly reduce data spend in the organisation as management has an integrated reporting environment with a universal view of how employees use their mobile data. A mobile APN solution can also use prepaid or postpaid data to provide complete budgetary control.

Yes. Authentication on the mobile APN network complies with all governance requirements to provide companies with the peace of mind that their connections are secure. It is the ideal solution for any organisation with a distributed workforce looking to optimise cost and improve employee efficiency.

As the requirements for each organisation are unique, please complete our enquiry form and one of our expert consultants will contact you about the best APN service in South Africa.

Our APN solution is currently only available to our South African customers.

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