Mobile APN

Mobile APN

Mobile APN

A post-paid, fully aggregated mobile data platform.

The Saicom Mobile APN Solution offers clients the benefits of post-paid, fully aggregated mobile data, with the ability to manage and report on every single mobile user.

Key Features

Key Features

Reduce mobile data spend

Data aggregation that applies a single data bundle across all networks

Fast delivery times, minimal configuration and no extra hardware setup

Add top-up data to users in real-time

Add top-up data to users in real-time

Application aware analytics allows you to reduce spend by gaining insight into application usage at a department or user level

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

Prepaid (Vodacom) and Postpaid (All Networks) SIMs

NarrowBand-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) support (Vodacom)

Supported Networks

Features and Benefits

Features and Benefits

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

Control
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 Connect portal

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

Multiple Networks
Per individual/SIM network choice of Vodacom, MTN and/or Telkom

Security
Shared APN and choice of Internet or VPN-only services

Mobile Data
High speed national mobile data coverage (LTE, HSPA+, 3G, 4G, Edge) across MTN, Vodacom and Telkom Mobile networks

Powerful Reporting
Per department, site, individual and SIM usage reporting

Billing
Simplified invoicing – one invoice for all mobile data services

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

Application usage breakdown

Facebook

Netflix

Office 365

WhatsApp

Public APN and Private APN

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 Connect 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 Connect 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 offering

Saicom’s APN solution is available in 3 options: Public (Shared) APN, Public (Shared) APN with Firewall Lite and the Private APN Solution.

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) No 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

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) No 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

Managing Mobile Data Saicom Connect 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 Connect (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 Connect aggregates all data from these GSM devices into one easy to use platform.

Through the platform, administrators can make use of:

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

Notifications
Custom notification percentages with notifications sent to WhatsApp, SMS, Email and Pushover.net

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

Analytics
View graphing

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

Organise SIMs
Manage multiple APN’s, Companies, Departments, Individuals and SIM cards

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

Pairing of ICCID to IMEI (Phone to SIM Card)
This feature renders a SIM card useless unless used with the intended device

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

Soft Lock
Manually soft lock and unlock SIMs in real-time

APN Contract term options

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
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
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
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. 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.
  2. New bundle active 1st of new Month
  3. One calendar month cancellation period
  4. Default on Saicom public APN, else one private APN per network
  5. Public APN Only
  6. Private APN Only

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